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Drug Testing at Boca Medical Care
Drug screening is a standard procedure for many workplaces, especially those involving high-risk jobs or those involving public health and safety. It is crucial for employees to perform their tasks safely and efficiently, and an easy way for employers to ensure this is a mandatory drug test.
How do you get tested for drugs?
A drug test typically uses a urine sample to detect substances. You will be given instructions by the tester to provide a clean sample. In certain cases, a medical technician or other staff member may need to be present as you provide your sample.
Sometimes a blood test is required for drugs. In this case, you will go to a lab to provide your sample. Using a small needle, a health care professional will take a blood sample from a vein in your arm. After insertion, a small amount of blood will be drawn from your arm and placed into a test tube or vial. It is normal to feel a little sting when the needle pierces the skin. This process is quicks and typically takes less than five minutes.
What drugs show up in drug tests?
The most common drugs included in screenings are:
- THC (marijuana)
- Opiates (heroin, opium, morphine, codeine)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Tests may also screen for:
- MDMA (Ecstasy)
- Opioids (oxycodone, hydrocodone)
Occasionally, certain drugs can cause a false positive, which, as the name suggests, falsely shows a positive result for a specific drug. If you have taken any one of these medications and had what you believe is a false positive test, talk to your healthcare provider to see if it is okay to stop taking the medication. After the cessation of substances that cause a false positive, ask for a confirmatory test or a repeat test. Here is a list of over-the-counter drugs that can cause a false positive test:
1) Dextromethorphan — If you’ve taken a medication with dextromethorphan in it, your drug screen may be positive for opiates and PCP (phencyclidine).
2) Diltiazem — If you’re taking diltiazem, your urine drug screen may test as a false positive for LSD.
3) Diphenhydramine — If you’ve taken diphenhydramine, your drug screen may show a positive result for opiates, methadone, or PCP.
4) Metformin — Taking metformin may result in a positive test for amphetamine or methamphetamine.
5) Pseudoephedrine — Pseudoephedrine can be the cause of false positive tests for amphetamine or methamphetamine.
6) Labetalol — If you’re taking labetalol, you could have a false positive test for amphetamine, methamphetamine, or LSD.
What is the most common pre-employment drug screen?
- Initial Screen: The primary analysis is called an initial screen. This test is not always accurate or reliable with the possibility of a false positive occurring. In the event that the initial test is positive, a confirmatory test should be completed.
- Confirmation Test: A confirmation test is typically completed by gas chromatography or mass spectrometry. This is a highly accurate test and provides specificity to help determine any false positives from the initial screen. For a test result to be confirmed as positive, the initial screen and confirmation test results must show the same results.
- Split Sample: A split sample involves an initial urine sample that is split into two. One sample is used for the initial screening and, if it comes back positive, the second sample is used for the confirmation test. If the result comes back positive, the individual being tested may request the confirmation test be done at a different laboratory.
If you are required to take a drug test for a new or current employment opportunity, please contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online! We Are Located at 9250 Glades Rd #100 Boca Raton, FL 33434.