October 7th, 2010
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False Positive Drug Test Results.
In the simplest of words, a drug test is said to have turned out false positive when a test result is returned as the substance has tested positive for another compound. For e.g. if the test was conducted to determine the presence or absence of marijuana but it tested positive for ecstasy. In other words, it is a case of mistaken identity.
Although not bad in itself, this has a career destroying dimension. Most companies conduct tests only for checking drug usage and not for checking usage of specific drugs. Furthermore, many chemicals that can be said to be drugs are present as ingredients in numerous over the counter medicines. This increases the possibility of accidental consumption that can lead to positive detection in a non specific company drug test. What this means is that you can lose your job and reputation for no fault of yours. The problem is aggravated by the poor quality of the labs. There are about 1200 drug testing labs in the United States. Out of these barely 100 can be said to meet federal standards. The percentage of false positives returned range from 4% to 50% depending on the quality of the lab.
The possible predicament can be avoided by taking certain basic precautions. For this you will need a list of medication that you are taking at present, a doctor’s note and a home test for drugs. Make a list of all the medicines you are taking – prescribed and over the counter. Consult with a good, qualified and professional doctor and get to know if these contain any ingredients likely to give false positive results. In case they do contain such chemicals do not consume those medicines for at least 72 hours before the test. Medicines like Dexatrim, Aleve and Advil will give positive results for drugs like Ecstasy and THC. Also watch what you eat – certain foodstuffs contain drug chemicals.
Take a note from our doctor confirming that you use certain medicines likely to give false positive results. Produce the note before the drug test in your office. In spite of the precautions it is possible that you do not pass in the urine test. In that case insist on getting a different type of drug test like saliva slab, hair or the sweat drug test.