Many qualified, hardworking people are at risk of losing their job or failing to gain employment because of their recreational use of certain substances. The problem remains even as cannabis begins to gain social acceptance and fewer legal restrictions. Employers have the right to insist their employees pass certain tests even if their use of the products takes place only at home. Passing a drug test without giving up a favorite pastime is possible, but it is not as simple as it may seem. Here is what people need to know.
There are several types of drug tests.
One problem for employees is determining the type of test the employer prefers. There are blood, urine and hair tests. Preparing for each is a little different and the laboratories performing the tests are aware of the efforts people make to provide false negatives. They repeatedly change their procedures to counter these attempts.
There are various ways to influence the test results.
Avoiding the use of any drug for a week is often enough to get a clean blood test. Some people pass urine testing by using a sample from someone else. A hair test is difficult to fake because the person administering the test takes the sample themselves to ensure the hair is directly from a specific employee. Some people have attempted to avoid this test by shaving their head, but only a small sample of hair is needed and body hair is also acceptable.
Some tests are controversial.
The hair sample test is the most common method for many facilities. The hair follicle holds the evidence of drug use long after the body has eliminated it from the rest of the system. The testing is under fire at the moment because there have been claims of bias towards ethnic hair.… Read More ...Continue reading »