How to pass a drug test

With the promotion of drug-free workplace campaigns, businesses have become dependent on drug tests to screen their employees. Health insurance and Workmanís Compensation benefits sometimes dictate the use of drug tests in the workplace. As this practice has gained rise, there are many companies who have tried to map themselves by selling products designed to beat a drug test.

Detoxification products for the blood stream, hair and urine are abundant and have resulted not just from the rise of workplace drug testing, but also from the holistic health movement. You may have friends or co-workers who swear by certain products as a sure-fire way to pass a drug test, but most scientific researchers will argue there is no basis for such a claim.

Drug tests have advanced considerably and can now detect most attempts by users trying to cheat the test. At best, a detoxification product may aid in passing one type of test, but will surely be detected in another. If youíve used recreational drugs regularly or even semi-regularly during a 30-day period prior to drug testing, odds are it will be detected.

The only guaranteed way to pass a drug test is to not use drugs or alcohol for at least a month prior to testing. Because most workplace drug tests are random, itís not always possible to know when to exercise restraint. You can refuse a test, but be ready to face your companyís policy concerning refusal to consent to test. Also, be aware that some states are beginning to prosecute those who consent, but attempt to cheat on a drug test. If you find yourself out of control check yourself into a drug abuse treatment center.

For the non-user, drug tests will reveal over the counter substances. Acetaminophen, antihistamines, and sleep aids can result in a positive screen as well as prescription muscle relaxers or cough syrup with codeine. If you have a prescription, simply advise the testing facility and be prepared to provide the proof. Also avoid any food containing poppy seeds prior to a drug test as there is evidence that shows consumption of poppy seeds in up to a 24-hour period prior to testing can cause a false positive for opiates.