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Drug Screening


Hi, I'm starting the Eastern Suffolk BOCES LPN program this September, and I couldn't be more excited... however, I used to smoke marijuana, and quit about 2 months ago and I'm worried it's still not out of my system. Can anyone walk me through the process of the drug screening? I'd like to know when it is and how it's conducted and how much it costs. I was told it'd be at random, and that scares me :/. First day of school is Sept 5th and I haven't heard anything about it... please, real answers only. Yes, drugs are bad. I'm aware they don't go together with health careers. All I need is a little assurance, because I really want to start and finish this program. Thank you in advance for your answers :)

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

If you quit smoking then you have no worries. The process is....you are given a urine cup and you have to urinate in it.

Go to your local pharmacy or Target or someplace similar and buy a home UDS kit. Urinate in cup and check to see if MJ shows up positive on your screening test at home. Unless you were a really chronic user, the MJ should be out of your system by now. If the school does a hair sample you might still have a problem, but this is unlikely.

Problem is I used to smoke A LOT, and I've heard it can take up to 3 months for it to be out of my system. Also, do they watch you do it? I can't pee if people are watching, and I don't want that to look like a red flag to them

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

Some places "watch"... some don't...they are usually present in the bathroom and test it for temperature and dilution but fon't physically leave the door open.

If you are that concerned...get a drug test and test yourself.

What I meant by watch was them standing right behind me lol. Sorry if I'm commenting too much, I'm very nervous. I'll pick up the home kit to be 100% sure, but if it comes up positive, I'll just keep working out... if I had imagined it'd cause this much hassle, I would've never picked up the habit. I hope I'm clean though.