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I tested positive for benzo and i do not take benzo help - page 3

Hi Nurses, pleASE help...i did a urine drug test yesterday for a new job and tested positive for benzodiazepam...i have never taken that in my entire life and i dont do drugs of any kind. i am... Read More

  1. Visit  kendel profile page
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    Quote from Butterfly0328
    I once had a drug test come back positive for hydrocodone. The values listed were ^50. Mine was 57. Had the value been below 50 it wouldn't have even been detected, that is how slight it was. I have not taken hydrocodone/lortab in over 5 years, however my partner DOES take it and I am the one who gets her medication for her, and I break them in half because she can't swallow large pills. The only thing I can think of is that after handling the meds I some how ingested the residual powder. Does anyone you know take this medication?


    i work in a hospital and i handle pts meds but i wear gloves because most of the patients are on tube feeding and i have to crush the meds but i always wear gloves
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    Quote from kendel
    Hi Nurses,

    pleASE help...i did a urine drug test yesterday for a new job and tested positive for benzodiazepam...i have never taken that in my entire life and i dont do drugs of any kind.

    i am currently taking bactrim ds for a foot infection and thought that the antibiotcs has to be the cause. they told me the lab would call me and then ask me for the pharmacy info


    i called the pharmacist today about the BACTRIM DS ALSO CALLED SULFAMETH/ TMP DS. HE SAID hes not aware of that causing a positive drug test.

    i looked on the internet last night and found 1 article that states bactrim causes positive result for benzo



    HELP I AM HURT BECAUSE I AM INNOCENT
    I think you are freaking out over nothing.

    First of all, drug testing is not in it's infancy..it is an exact science now and basic prescriptions, drug testing companies are WELL AWARE of what causes a false positive.

    Nowhere in your post did you state that:

    1. The employer nor the drug testing company called you with the results...you did not state how you got them.

    2. That you were given the opportunity to provide a prescription list.

    I have never, EVER heard of a drug screen testing positive, that would not permit you to hand over valid prescriptions and that is when the documentation is complete.

    I deal with drug testing every day and very often it will appear on the lab results, "patient has a valid prescription for ______ which has been known to cause a false positive for ___________________".

    Everyone is stating "get an attorney, etc."...NONE OF THAT IS GOING TO HELP YOU if you never turn over the prescriptions.

    Seriously...DO YOU REALLY THINK that the physician and pharmacist know that it causes a false-positive...and that the drug testing company, who does nothing but drug testing...doesn't?
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    Quote from BabyLady
    Everyone is stating "get an attorney, etc."...NONE OF THAT IS GOING TO HELP YOU if you never turn over the prescriptions.
    She's not taking any prescriptions (except for an antibiotic). She has never taken any benzos. I.E. there are no scripts for her to turn over.
  4. Visit  BabyLady profile page
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    Quote from kendel
    its possible it was switched but i dont know i remember there was no name on the bottle i i had to put it down a shoot that she retrieved
    Anytime I have taken a drug test, the urine/blood has been labeled in front of me...I even sign the label so that it never leaves me sight when it is labeled.
  5. Visit  BabyLady profile page
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    Quote from klone
    She's not taking any prescriptions (except for an antibiotic). She has never taken any benzos. I.E. there are no scripts for her to turn over.
    Go back and read her post...she CLAIMS that the pharmacist told her that the antibiotic that she is taking causes a false-positive.

    The drug testing company has to report the positive benzo results HOWEVER has to follow up with a report, after verification, of ALL prescriptions she is taking and IF the anti-biotic she is taking does cause a false-positive for benzo's..they put that in their report that they have verified her prescription..and the employer is left to interpret the results.

    It is also important to note that there is FEDERAL MANDATES as far as how much of a drug has to be present in order to qualify as a legal "positive" and these are noted on lab results.

    This too, is a known factor with false-positives...in other words, it should cause a borderline, not a sky-high false-positive.

    Again, the drug testing company, IF they are responsible, gets ALL prescriptions for this very reason.

    The other reason they get ALL prescriptions is because drug combinations, should the individual be taking more than one, can also cause false-positives.
  6. Visit  klone profile page
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    Quote from BabyLady
    Go back and read her post...she CLAIMS that the pharmacist told her that the antibiotic that she is taking causes a false-positive.
    Mmm, nope. Go back and reread her first post. She said she asked a pharmacist and he said he's not aware of Bactrim causing a positive for benzos.

    She also said that she had already (or is about to) turned over her Bactrim scrip info to the lab. So there's nothing more to "turn over" to them. She has repeatedly stated in this thread that the Bactrim is the ONLY thing she's taken in the past month.
    Last edit by klone on Jan 26, '11
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    Quote from klone
    Mmm, nope. Go back and reread her first post. She said she asked a pharmacist and he said he's not aware of Bactrim causing a positive for benzos.

    She also said that she had already (or is about to) turned over her Bactrim scrip info to the lab. So there's nothing more to "turn over" to them. She has repeatedly stated in this thread that the Bactrim is the ONLY thing she's taken in the past month.
    ...and tell me where did I post that she took anything different?
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    Quote from klone
    You've taken nothing but Bactrim for the past month? Most benzos are out of the system in a few days, but sometimes weird things happen. I would go back a month and list EVERYTHING you've taken.
    You don't always have a choice on this...it depends on where you live and the policy of the drug-testing company.

    In my state they CANNOT ask you up front what you have taken because of HIPAA...they only ask you to produce a prescription if your drug test comes back positive..THEN they ask you for a prescription list.
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  10. Visit  klone profile page
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    Quote from BabyLady
    ...and tell me where did I post that she took anything different?
    I inferred it from your statement when you said "turn over the prescriptions" (plural)

    I apologize if that's not what you meant.
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    Quote from klone
    Mmm, nope. Go back and reread her first post. She said she asked a pharmacist and he said he's not aware of Bactrim causing a positive for benzos.

    She also said that she had already (or is about to) turned over her Bactrim scrip info to the lab. So there's nothing more to "turn over" to them. She has repeatedly stated in this thread that the Bactrim is the ONLY thing she's taken in the past month.
    Read post 24.

    What I find odd is that the collection person "allegedly" tested the sample immediately?

    I find that very, very strange...never heard of that.

    In my state, drug testing companies are very tightly regulated...you CANNOT test anything "on the spot" unless you are a licensed medical lab technician or technologist and if she has to "send it to the lab" that tells me that she was probably trained in collection but not testing and therefore, not certified.

    Again, I think that the OP is freaking out over nothing because she has not been told that the results are official (which they are obviously not) and the sample wasn't even sent to a lab...therefore, the "positive" result may have been only a trace amount and not met minimum federal guidelines to even be reported as a positive result.

    People are remembering horror stories from the 80's when drug testing was new and people lost jobs over false positives, trace amounts and poppy seed bagals all the time.

    That doesn't happen anymore folks! If you have a list of everything you have taken, both over the counter and prescription, it can all be explained.
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    Quote from klone
    I inferred it from your statement when you said "turn over the prescriptions" (plural)

    I apologize if that's not what you meant.
    I see..no problemo..
  13. Visit  klone profile page
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    Quote from BabyLady
    What I find odd is that the collection person "allegedly" tested the sample immediately?
    I don't find that odd at all. WHere I work now, that's how they did it. I peed in a cup, brought the cup out to the tech, and he dripped it onto a plastic disk (similar to a home pregnancy test kit) with lots of little windows. It came up with either a positive or negative for each window. I watched him do it and we had a conversation about the technology.

    I'm guessing "send it to the lab" means that if it tested positive for anything, a drug lab probably does further testing on it.

    The crucial thing between my experience and hers is that my pee never left my sight the entire time.


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