Pre-hire drug screening and my meds

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   Posted 2/19/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, tomorrow is my health exam and screening for my new nursing job.
Question. If I tell them I take 1mg or less of Klonopin a day and Effexor will
they have a problem with that. If I disclose it ahead of time with
the doses and the doctor who Rx'd it confirms it? Is this fine?
I am freaking out like I take heroin here but I only use the Klonopin prn and I took
1/2 today. I don't drink or anything.
ps: Am a nurse so I am just a bit wondering as this is the first new job in 8 years!!!
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   Posted 2/19/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
There should be absolutely no problem. As long as you have a valid prescription for these medications...You may even want to take in your bottle to prove it. They ask you ahead of time what medications you are on and when the last time you took them was. I take pain medications and have had to do the drug tests before. You are going to be just fine.
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   Posted 2/19/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you.
Last minute jitters here!
I remember now that for my last job I was taking ambien and they had no issue with it as long as I told them what to expect.
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   Posted 2/20/2008 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Sharon: You'll be just fine. I worked for a place that did test screening . At any time they wanted. You were never told ahead of time SURPPRIS!!!!! Anyway I only let them know what meds I was on , took them the bottles and everyting was fine. Let us know how it goes. Good Luck june

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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

Human Resources can’t ask if you have any physical or mental disabilities. Also, they can’t ask if the you have an alcohol or drug problem, or if you take any medications?
The above prohibitions are negated if you explicitly and without solicitation  disclose any disability, impairment, drug or medication usage.
So it is really up to you what you want to disclose.  You also have the right to ask exactly what tests they will be running on any lab work being done.
Many do not list their meds and if they come back positive for use of  a legal drug you can then provide them with the information.  This is truly up to you how you want to handle the issue.

Remember, do not eat any poppy seed muffins or anything with poppy seed in it...........if you have mention that up front. Just my 2 cents worth this morning.



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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I call them Poopy Seeds. Enuf said.
I will disclose what they need to know. There is a major nursing
shortage here in CA, And the nation(world?), so if they didn't pass
all the nurses with isues no one would show up to work!
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   Posted 2/20/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sharann,

I am also interviewing for a (Govt.) job and did some research into this exact topic. I even spoke to the HR dept. about it. Here's what they advised and told me they test for:

marijuana, opiates (pain killers count), cocaine, amphetamines, and phencyclidine (PCP). Its called the 5 drug urine test. There are lots of other tests that can be used, but they are pricey and generally not used for employment screening due to prohibitive cost. These extra tests can be used in addition to the 5 drug urine test if there is a workplace "incident" where drugs or alcohol is suspected, or they have specific workplace rules in place to test for them, depending on the rules of the workplace. I was told they are specifically interested in testing for illegal drugs.

Some work places also test to detect alcohol, LSD, and cotenine, the major metabolite of nicotine. This also represents additional cost to the employer.

I was advised (by a Govt. HR person) to bring in my bottles (proof of current prescribed medication under Drs. care) but not to offer the information.

I was asked if I would submit to a drug test & said yes. I did & passed with flying colors without disclosing the anti-depressant or anxiety meds I take. I wanted to ensure my medical "condition" and associated prescribed meds would not rule me out as a great candidate or tip them off to a pre-existing condition that might put me in a higher priced insurance category or make another qualified candidate look more desirable for that reason.

Its entirely up to you but I did not offer the info & it wasn't asked.
Skitt is absolutely rigt - they can not ask you if you are taking any prescribed medications or what conditions you have or are being treated for.

I would disclose nothing up front but be prepared to speak to the issue
honestly just in case there is a positive for something. Never lie, I believe in this case its best in this case to keep one's mouth shut. I would not want a medical condition or use of prescription medication to "flag" me as a riskier candidate and not get he job just for that reason. Your employer does not need to know this info, & is not leagally within bounds to ask about it.

I think that as women we tend to over-disclose & explain details that are not entirely relevant. Just answer the questions truthfully and say no more.

Hope this helps.

Best, Cary

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   Posted 2/21/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that drug screens can't test for SSRI's because they're not in your system... (sis is a nurse) however they can have benzos like klonopin pop up...

so just be truthful about the klonopin and tell them you're on it for your anxiety/panic. They can't discriminate!

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