Yet Another Pre-Employment Drug Screen Thread - page 2

I apologize for contributing to the seemingly endless amount of threads that focus on drug test concerns. I would have voiced my concerns elsewhere if I knew it would not be lost in the vast sea of... Read More

  1. by   itsnowornever
    I liked the "play by play" those that dont wanna read it all, dont have to! You will be fine! They will ask why you are taking it, you will tell them you have a Rx and be fine! For future reference, I would talk to the drug screeners and tell me and ask what you need to do. Breathe! You will be ok!
  2. by   YouSmellLikeCDiff
    Aw, thank you! Kind words of encouragement seem to make me feel better. I have faith that everything will work out eventually. I hope sooner rather than later because I'm probably developing an ulcer from the stress! At least I now know what to expect and how to handle it better if there is ever a next time.
  3. by   NurseDirtyBird
    Drug tests test for both legal and illegal drugs. In the case of legal prescribed drugs (opioid narcotics, benzodiazapines, amphetamines), they test for higher than therapeutic levels. If you take your Adderal as prescribed, you will have a therapeutic level in your system, and it shouldn't cause any trouble.

    When I got the job I have now, I was on prescription pain medication for an injury. I had taken some the day before my drug test. I asked the lab tech if they needed a list, and she explained to me why she didn't. I apparently tested with an appropriate amount of the drug in my system, and have a job.
    You'll be fine.
  4. by   Elladora
    I thought your post was great. You have a knack for writing. Don't let people discourage that.

    As for your concerns, Jory nailed it.

    Best of luck to you!
  5. by   SwansonRN
    Agreed with the previous posts. I liked your story! Very entertaining Some people are so cranky.
  6. by   itsmejuli
    Maybe you're a novelist disguised as a new nurse. Hope your charting is far shorter and to the point than your first post

    Welcome to Allnurses!
  7. by   Meriwhen
    1. You can't undo anything at this point, so try not to worry about it.

    2. If you have a valid prescription in your name AND you are taking the medication as prescribed, 99% of the time you will be fine. Provide the script when requested.

    3. It was far better that you took the test when offered instead of deferring: most facilities will consider a refusal to test an automatic dirty test and act accordingly. If they didn't, IMO, it wouldn't have done you any favors to tell them, "sorry, but I can't take the drug test today" because then they'd start wondering why you couldn't...

    4. Always be prepared to provide what medications--prescription as well as OTC and herbals--that you are taking or have recently taken. Just because people tell you they have never ever been asked to provide a list of medications prior to testing doesn't mean that NO ONE ever asks. I've had tests where I was told to list all medications when filling out the paperwork, and tests where I'm handed the cup and shown the bathroom before I can say a word. Employers vary as to their policies, and if you want the job you follow the policy. The rest of Jory's advice is spot on, though

    Best of luck.
  8. by   jeannepaul
    I also thought it was a great post. I once applied for a position, took the test and the testing company called me when I came up positive. She asked for the pharmacy I got the med from and did a conference call with that pharmacy to verify it was my Rx. After it was verified, the lady from the testing company said all that would be sent to the hospital HR would be that I passed the test. I took the test at the hospital, so you may not have to tell anyone you are working for about it.
  9. by   Esme12
    Quote from YouSmellLikeCDiff
    I'm sorry that my post is so long. This is my first post on allnurses so I am a little unfamiliar to what is/is not considered acceptable. As far as detail goes, I was unaware that I was giving a "per minute play by play" of my situation. My goal was to describe what I was going through. Yes, I have a prescription but, like I said above, no one ever asked to see it. Again, like I said, medications are no longer allowed to be discussed before the test due to HIPAA laws (at least in my state). Finally, I never did anything illegal. I am just afraid the results of the drug screen will be sent to HR without clarifying with me first, which would mean that I lost the job and my chances of working at this hospital.
    Your post is fine.....take a deep breath. At least your state has a process for verifying legitimate prescriptions.

    I wish you the best.
  10. by   NightOwl0624
    I enjoyed your post, too! I am actually on my way to take a drug test for school (going for my BSN) so it was interesting to read about someone else's experience!

    I agree that you shouldn't be worried. Hope you hear from HR soon!
  11. by   T-Bird78
    Great post and you should be fine. There's a local health group that is doing nicotine screening on all new employees starting next year. I don't know if that would affect getting hired or not, but they're a tobacco-free campus and want to start with their employees.
  12. by   armygirlabn
    I'm with the majority here. If the px is legal I wouldn't worry about it and you can provide documentation that it's your px then don't sweat it!
  13. by   vintage_RN
    Im not cranky! Im actually quite chipper! I guess I was cranky when I wrote that post...I did state that it wasn't my intention. No need for everyone to jump down my throat! Im sorry for being a jerk...and I hope everything