Drug test question
- 0Jul 30, '13 by delilahgirlI'm sure this question has been asked and answered before but I was looking for a more recent/current answer. Can an employer not hire me if I disclose that I am prescribed Xanax? Can they say that this will affect my job performance and I'm a liability? I know I am subject to a drug test and it may or may not show up on the test depending on when I last took it, but I was under the impression that it was best to be up front with information instead of trying to hide it. This is for an RN position in a hospital. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
- 1Jul 30, '13 by BloomNurseRNI probably wouldn't disclose it prior to the drug screen but would make sure to include it when asked if taking any medications that may show up. I know the last drug screen I did asked that question and I included everything (ibuprofen, Zyrtec from 3 days ago, etc) just to be on the safe side.
There's no way for you to know that's why they're not hiring you in the end though. You could get the offer, do the drug screen with it showing the Xanax, and have them say they've decided to go in a different direction or that they've decided it's not the right fit. I know people on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds that have jobs and did drug screens prior to employment without any problems but you never know what an employer is going to find fault with. Good luck!
- 3Jul 30, '13 by MunoRNEmployers aren't required to allow the use of medications, even when legally prescribed and used. Many employers screen only for illegal drug use (use of street drugs and use of prescription drugs without a valid prescription), but more and more are choosing to ban the use of medications that are legitimately prescribed and used, so long as they can make a claim that use of prescription medication could affect performance and safety, you aren't protected by the ADA or any other law.
I'd agree that the best tactic is to be honest. I know a Nurse who applied to my hospital as a New Grad. She falsely assumed that it wouldn't be a problem if she didn't disclose that she was taking vicodin, since she thought the hospital wouldn't know about it anyway since she would just provide the lab with her valid prescription, which wasn't true. As it turned out she still could have gotten the job since she was only taking the vicodin short term, but since she lied about she'll likely never have a chance of getting hired there.
- 0Jul 30, '13 by KelRN215, BSN, RNQuote from delilahgirlShort answer- yes.I'm sure this question has been asked and answered before but I was looking for a more recent/current answer. Can an employer not hire me if I disclose that I am prescribed Xanax? Can they say that this will affect my job performance and I'm a liability? I know I am subject to a drug test and it may or may not show up on the test depending on when I last took it, but I was under the impression that it was best to be up front with information instead of trying to hide it. This is for an RN position in a hospital. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
- 1Jul 30, '13 by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorYes, there does exist a small chance that you will not be hired due to your Xanax use, but that's a very small chance. The majority of places will hire you as long as you provide a valid script and aren't abusing the drug...just keep in mind that a valid script isn't bulletproof protection against an employer.
You being on Xanax doesn't have to be public knowledge--you don't have to tell every single person you encounter in the HR food chain about it. But IMO, since there's a good chance you will pop positive for benzos, definitely disclose it before the test and be prepared to present a script. Because as you've seen from other posts, you may not get the chance to explain a positive result.
Best of luck.
- 0Jul 30, '13 by delilahgirlI've never actually taken it while at work or even before going to work. I rarely take it as it is and mainly use it just to sleep, if at all. If I don't take it between now and the drug test there's a good chance it won't show up because it will have been about 9 days since I've taken it. With that being said, if there's even a small chance it could show up and they ask to disclose medications prior to the drug test then I would rather be honest. The thing is most companies use a third party to do drug testing and won't disclose a positive result if you provide a valid prescription because its technically considered negative. Hospitals, however, seem to do their own drug testing on site so they would automatically know if a test truly came back positive. So that's where the predicament lies.