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Hi I need your advice Today I was offered a position at a Dr Office and I was given a saliva drug screening (rapid test) and I passed, but i had to give blood today and i didnot ask what it was for becuase i didnt think anything... Read More

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    Never heard of blood testing for pre-employment drug screening. In my corner of the world, they use urine for pre-employment drug testing. I've given blood to my employer for immunization titers, though.

    I, too, have taken a Vicodin offered to me by a family member when I was having uterine fibroid pain that was unresponsive to ibuprofen. I had a doctor's appointment already, and sorry, but I am NOT going to the ED for uterine fibroids. I have a high pain tolerance and generally won't even take ibuprofen for mild to moderate pain, but after three days of unrelenting abdominal cramping, I grudgingly took the offered med, and was glad when it worked and I was able to get a good night's sleep.

    However, I might have cause for pause if I were seeking employment and thought I might be subjected to a pre-employment drug screen, even though I am against them philosophically, as I believe they violate our right to privacy.

    But since I like to live in a house and have food to eat, I pee in a cup.

    Anyway, to the OP, I wouldn't worry too much. It's probably for titers, but lesson learned, right?
    Last edit by ~*Stargazer*~ on Aug 30, '11
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    Quote from koster22
    Do all of you mean to tell me you have never taken a pain pill that was in your family's medicine cabinet if you were in severe pain? I would never ever advise doing this on the regular, but come on.

    Cindy - Hello. I have been there, done that. I took one of Dad's Tylenol no. 3 when I couldn't even get in touch with my PCP. I knew it wasn't a good idea, he even tried to make me feel better, "oh, 1 won't matter!"

    He was right, I didn't get called for a drug test at work, but I could have.

    3 or 4 yrs later, I was caught diverting and had to enter the state' RNP. That was a LONG 3 yrs!!

    I'm not saying this will be u in the future, but I didn't think it'd be me. Personally, ur probably ok, but heed all the posters words of "wisdom".

    Anne, RNC
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    Hopefully it was just for the titers. If so then you have learned a valuable lesson as to what NOT to do before a job interview. Good luck at your new job, let us know how it goes!!

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    I did not look to see what state you reside in, however, there are guidelines that are generally followed regarding the collection of a sample for drug testing.

    In order for a sample to be upheld as unadulterated in a court of law, a "Chain of Custody" form is completed at the time the sample is collected. Data is gathered and entered onto this form at many stages from sample collection to final reporting of results. This form usually requires your signature on it verifying that you, indeed, belong to the sample that is about to be collected.

    The individual should be made aware of the testing of drugs in whatever sample is given - there are numerous, numerous medicines and preparations that will give a false-positive drug test. Ingest enough poppy seeds on that bagel that you ate last evening, and you may very well show a false positive for Opioids. Got something nasal going on and taking sudafed? - you could test false-positive for Amphetamines. Got menstrual cramps really bad and taking a lot of Pamprin - guess what - you could show a false positive for - - - - - - - - - - - Marijuana!

    You really need to be given the opportunity to list the medications - both Rx and OTC that you take before a sample is taken for a drug test, and if you do get an undesirable result, you should be informed as such, and given a chance to retest - although it will probably be on your own dime the second time around.

    As for the opioids such as Percocet, the metabolites may very likely be detectable in steadily decreasing amounts for up to 5 - 7 days.
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    Cindy, I would strongly suggest that if you have very bad back pain, that you not take any job that is going to exacerbate it. You can take someone else's pain killers to hide it or ur own, but with the rigours of nursing, you will get caught out one day. I'm also thinking of patient safety when doing transfers - if your back gives out and you end up dropping a patient, you will be in serious difficulties. And you can't not squat, bend, transfer patients etc in nursing.
    If it was me, I'd be getting the back pain looked at, and would not be considering nursing. Trust me, I know a friend who ignored her back pain, went into nursing and midwifery and she was miserable to be around, is now hooked on narc's - I can't even stand to be around her anymore so don't see her. It is so incredibly sad when people get hooked on narc's - and they can't even see how it's affecting the ones around them who love them.
    I hope you feel better soon.
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    This is interesting. If I had horrible pain I would probably take a pain pill from my husband if I couldn't get in to see the doctor. I would never actually think of going to the ER because it would not nbe an emergency in my mind if I wrenched my back or whatever.

    I have sympathy for the OP in this situation. Seems a shame to have to think about being labelled a drug abuser and having to deal with the BON and all that if it is just a one time thing like this.

    Hope it all turns out well for you OP.
    Last edit by sirI on Aug 30, '11
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    A lot of the hospital systems around me due hair samples for drug screening!
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    Suggest OP seek medical attention.

    We cannot advise about half-life to circumvent drug testing and/or advise as what to do in this situation.

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    Last edit by sirI on Aug 30, '11

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