Should I Worry About Passing a Drug Test at Work?

One of the most commonly researched topics related to employment drug testing is whether or not you will pass if you have recently used drugs or have taken substances that are known to create false positive results. By far the easiest way to know for certain that you will pass a drug test is to avoid using drugs and to stay away from people who are. When that is simply not an , however, there are things you should know about passing drug tests.

First, it is important to know that you really cannot cheat a drug test. While there are products out there to help people beat drug tests, they are largely ineffective. In fact, most of these products are rendered slightly effective only because they require large amounts of water intake and urine output, flushing drugs out of the body more rapidly. If you have recently used drugs, you should be aware that depending on the drug, you can test positive for anywhere from a few days to over a month.

For people concerned about falsely testing positive on an employer’s drug test, this is highly unlikely. Being in the same room with people using drugs is not likely to show up in your blood or urine in a manner that is at all detectable by drug testing. While it is not recommended for many reasons, it will not cause you to fail your work drug test. Second, foods such as poppy seeds that are rumored to cause false positives on drug tests need to be ingested in far larger quantities than people actually ingest in order to even show up faintly. While certain drugs can create a false positive, drug testing companies almost always take a complete assessment of all medications being used prior to the drug testing in order to prevent this.

If you have used drugs, the only way to be certain that you can pass a drug test is to allow your body time to metabolize them fully without ingesting more of the substance. The length of time that any drug stays in the system will depend on your metabolism as well as how much of the drug you used and how often you use it. Age, size, and general health also play a large factor in determining how long it takes a drug to be eliminated from the body.