A drug test can be a standard routine procedure for a company before they offer you a job or a condition of a legal settlement. Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain, many drug tests involve you providing a sample of your urine.
While you might be told to provide saliva, blood or hair sample in other cases, urine is the go-to option for many employers these days. It is in your best interest to test negative for any drugs because many employers do not tolerate any form of drug use in their ranks.
Below are some of the secrets you can use to pass a pre-employment drug test.
Know that a urine test is the most likely drug test you will take:
When an employer wants a screening test done on you, know that the chances of you providing a sample of your urine are very high. As pointed out before, it is rare for employers to require hair, blood and saliva sample, it is always a urine test done at a lab. Also, keep in mind that the chances of you being observed to ensure you don’t tamper with your urine sample are very high.
Give your employer a list of medication you are taking:
Getting a false positive test at a lab with a good reputation is rare but there are certain medications that you might be taking that can be mistaken by your tester for drug use. To prevent any false positive drug test, give your employer a list of all the drugs you are taking together with any medical papers. Better to be safe than sorry.
Be aware of the MAIN drugs that are tested:
Before you take a urine test, you have to that a large variety of drugs can be spotted in your system. Drugs that many companies look for before they give you a job depend on legal guidelines, job requirements, and even your personal history especially with substance abuse. The five common drugs that many employers test the most are cocaine, marijuana, opiates, PCP (PHENCYCLIDINE) and amphetamines.
Be aware of the OTHER drugs that are tested:
The 5 drugs mentioned above are the obvious ones many companies will test before they give someone a job however, there are a few more additional drug you need to be aware which an employer might screen. These drugs are MDMA (ecstasy), Barbiturates, Alcohol, and Benzodiazepines.
Be aware of how long drugs stay in your urine:
When you are being tested for drugs, your employer is not looking to see how sober you are at that particular time, they want to know if you have come into contact with any drugs over the past few weeks or days. If you use drug a lot, the concentration of them in your system will be easily detected as they will stay longer in your body. If you are not a heavy drug user, chances are the drugs will be out your system and you will pass the test. The concentration levels of drugs in your urine are affected by factors such as the strength of the drug, the quantity; body mass, metabolism, and hydration levels. Below is a list of drugs and how long they stay in your urine
- Cocaine (4 days)
- Heroin (2 days)
- Weed or Marijuana (1-2 months for heavy users and 2-7 for occasional users)
- Ecstasy (2 days)
- Benzodiazepines (3 days for those who day a therapeutic dose and 4-6 weeks for those who take it on a regular)
- Amphetamines (2 days)
- Barbiturates (2 days – 3 weeks)
- Morphine (2 days)
- PCP (8 – 14 days for single use and 30 days for regular users)
- Methamphetamine (2 days)
Stay clear of any drugs for a while:
The best way to pass a drug test is to stay clear of them all together especially if you are looking for a job or you have a feeling a test might happen at the company you applied a job for. Sometimes you might not even be warned and a test can happen randomly so it is wise to always have your guard up and be prepared. To clarify things properly, stop taking any drugs you are on if you are on the job market, on probation or you are about to be employed by a business that conducts random drug tests.
Do not tamper with your urine sample:
Many people use chemicals to interfere with their drug results but employers have become wise to this and ask labs to test urine samples for contamination too. Any over the counter chemicals put in your urine sample will be spotted and you will fail your drug screening test
Don’t touch any drugs soon after passing your test:
There are certain scenarios out there where your employer might ask you to re-take a drug test even after you have passed it. There is a saying which says “Don’t shine before you cross the line” so do not celebrate passing your drugs by taking drugs. You will obviously fail the follow-up test. Be calm and cool, make sure your results are foolproof and you are in the clear before you have a celebratory joint.
Do not dilute your urine sample:
Reducing the amount of drug traces in your sample by adding water or any form of liquid is called dilution, however, labs these days do check for this too and will know if your urine is diluted. A very common method of dilution people use out there is to add a liquid to their urine sample. While this might appear effective on the surface but, labs will measure the temperature of the urine and if it doesn’t meet the requirements, they will know you diluted it. Another common dilution method that people use to flush drug traces out of their body is to drink plenty of water. This sounds like a good idea, however; drinking a lot of water can be dangerous to your health as you can easily suffer from water intoxication. It can also change the color of your urine which can raise suspicion and be flagged.