Opinions please - Govt. drug test

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CaryF
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   Posted 2/12/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
 
I am in the running for a good Govt. job & required to take a drug test. I take: 20mg oxycodone daily + 1mg valium + 20mg Lexapro + Ambien regularly (not every night). I never actually thought I'd get this far in the interview process so I didn't really consider this an issue until now. I've applied for so many jobs - I can't count the number. I'm an "older" electrical engineer & we are all being replaced by cheaper labor, ANYWAY.............
 
My question: Will I not make the cut based on these test results, because this looks bad for me even though Dr. prescribed?
 
Should I try to detox for a few days before the test and tough it out? If yes, how many days?
 
This potential job would be the answer to many prayers for me financially and offers great benefits including insurance. I have been out of work for 9 months and consider myself a tough gal. I'm 43 - I hope to still have many good working years in me  despite my degenerative disk disease.
 
All good ideas welcome.
 
Best, Cary 

PAlady
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   Posted 2/12/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Cary,
I'd suggest trying to get a quick phone consult with an employment attorney to get solid clariy on your rights. There are certain things you don't have to disclose, but it may depend on the job. Also, you may only need to disclose the reason for testing positive to the medical personnel. I'm not entirely sure, but since the job is so important it may be worth a small fee for a phone consult (or you may be able to do it via e-mail). One thing I would not do is deceive, as if they find out later they could fire you. I'm unemployed myself, so I understand how important a job can be. Get some legal advice so you know what you DO and what you DON'T need to disclose, but don't lie!
Good luck!

PAlady
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   Posted 2/12/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Gramps - whether she's protected by the ADA will depend on her diagnosis. I don't think degenerative disk disease alone may qualify, but I'm not an attorney. I do think the ADA specifies what defines a "disability" for their purposes.

sjkly
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   Posted 2/12/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
The government is mostly concerned with illgal drugs if you have scripts and your blood levels are consistent with your scripts you should be fine. The exception to this is if your job requires you to operate motor vehicles in which case if they don't concider hiring you a driver to be a reasonable accomidation they might not hire you.
My mother and sister have both worked for the government for their entire lives and though that situation is different my mother has had the government hire a driver for her on a couple of different occasions when her eye sight was failing and then when she had eye surgery. She has also taken prescription narcotics and then had to take a lie detector test which specifically asked about narcotics she told the trueth and was still offered a job with the FBI.
I know being a new hire is different then being a twenty year employee looking for a transfer but the only way to go about this is straight up-IMO

CaryF
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   Posted 2/13/2008 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all,

I have spoken with the Govt. HR dept. about this issue and they said they only test for illegal drugs (concerning this position anyway). I won't be working on any top secret stuff, just maintaining old infrastructue type projects. Medically prescribed drugs are not their concern, although they would like me to list all info & bring in scripts. My job would be at a desk. I intend to be straight up with everything. There is no polygraph for this test but background checks are extensive. I have nothing to hide, in fact just realized it was my shame that even got me to worry about it. I assumed they would take the "drug free" person over me.

Also learned as far as this job is concerned I'm not legally disabled. I am under physician's care for chronic illness.

Best, Cary

razzle51
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   Posted 2/13/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
you should never lie to the US Government . Keep taking the meds and tell them what you take and a letter from Dr. stating so.

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PAlady
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   Posted 2/13/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Let us know if you get the job. Good luck!!
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