drug testing for new job

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yankee girl
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   Posted 3/13/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I just accepted a managerial position with a nonprofit organization, and they require a drug screening. Of course I'll disclose what I'm taking---Roxicodone and xanax---my question is, can they decide to not hire me once they know this? Should I bring my presciption bottles with me?  Should I be worried???  any advise???
 
Thanks!!
 
Yankeegirl
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Tirzah
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   Posted 3/13/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Except in rare circumstances, they cannot disqualify you from a job just because you are properly using prescribed medications. I brought the pharmacy labels with me to the drug testing company. If you don't have those, the bottles are probably the next best thing. You can always call the testing company up ahead of time & ask what they require.

I wouldn't worry at all. Based on some prior posts from other members, though, it might be helpful to check with your PM about what roxy breaks down into, if anything. Some meds break down into morphine or such & from what I've heard (though this has never been my experience) not all labs understand how the meds break down. Best to head it off at the pass by informing the test administrator of both your meds & if they break down into something else what that something else is.

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frances

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   Posted 3/13/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Yankee,
I think screen for drugs is being done with increasing frequency with employers. But like Frances was indicating, some drugs may show up as something other than what you're technically taking. If you do what Frances has suggested, that should help avoid problems. Not all urine screen tests are the same; some are more detailed, and thus more expensive, so employers may use differing tests that may misidentify a drug, but if you've been up front you shouldn't have a problem.

I'm not a lawyer but it's my general understanding that once a job offer has been made, unless a disability (and what's causing your chronic pain may qualify as a disability) can be shown to interfere with your ability to perform the job even with reasonable accomodation, they can't deny you the job. If the side effects of the meds, for example, interfere with, for example, the ability to safely use a piece of equipment, then that might matter. You may also have to show whether these medications are going to be brought into your workplace, and that they'll be kept safe. Kind of depends on the type of job you're taking.

Non-profits tend to be a lot more understanding. And your employer may not even need to know what you're taking. Just the people who are running the test. I'm not sure how much info. the employer actually gets, because you do have some privacy rights. So don't feel you have to tell your employer at this point. Just explain to those taking the test.

The one thing you don't want to do is lie, as that will get you fired immediately. And I know you're not planning to do that!

PaLady

Danimal
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   Posted 3/13/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
This is not my area of law (and, therefore, this is not legal advice) but, from what I can recall, employers cannot NOT hire you because of a disability (as long as your disability will not interfere with your ability to effectively perform the required job tasks, as PALady mentions). The difficulty lies in the fact that an employer may decided not to hire you because you are on meds but they can say it was for a different reason (there was another, more qualified candidate, for example)..so it's often difficult to prove unless they pretty much give you the job and then recant upon learning of your disability.

Will you be operating any machinery or will you be expected to drive for this position? If so, you may want to have your physician draft a letter which states that, in his or her medical opinion, the medication you take will not interfere with your ability to safely complete such tasks. I am sure this company has encountered this issue in the past..so this will likely be nothing new to them.

Good luck!!

Danimal
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Danimal
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   Posted 3/13/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh..I just noticed that you were given the position already. You should be fine. ;)

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/13/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
They can also not hire you due to the fact that you have an open WC claim as well or at least in the state of Wyo. I know that from experience!
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


yankee girl
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   Posted 3/14/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your words of wisdom!  :-)   I feel better now.
 
Yankeegirl
fibro, PTSD, anxiety, severe nerve damage/several surgeries on wrist, TMJ, depression, mitral valve prolapse

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