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  •  They are certainly intrusive. I have taken (17+ / 0-)

    blood/pee tests a couple of times from employers.  I had nothing to fear as I last tried drugs (never really did them) more than 31 years ago when I was in College), but I still raised my objection with the personnel person handling this and told them how intrusive it is plus the fact that I think that in the end people that are not trusted are likely to be less motivated employees.  Ironically, now that I work for myself - and don't require this BS from my (very few) employees - I have a customer that makes me sign a contract that I will have one and my employees working on their projects will have one.  I have yet to do it and there is so much paperwork that I have not been asked to present the results in over 10-years I have been working for them.

    But I digress, good luck with this new job.  I hope it turns out to be all that you hope for and more.

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      I don't even mind the intrusiveness of it.  My last job made me agree that I could be subject to a drug test at any time, but they never followed through - and I wound up doing shots with the boss in his office with other coworkers after particularly harrowing projects.  

      This company has a lot of employees operating heavy machinery, so even though I'll be snug in an office, they subject all employees to mandatory and random drug testing.

      I'm just so terrified something is going to go wrong that I'm on pins and needles!

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      by catwho on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 07:54:08 PM PDT

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      •  Don't drink anything with tonic water, (7+ / 0-)

        eat poppy seeds, or take ibuprofen. Tonic water has quinine which is viewed as a potential "cut" in street drugs. Poppy seeds and ibuprofen give false positives for opiates and marijuana respectively.

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        by kbman on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 12:53:05 AM PDT

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        •  Not saying you're wrong, but how on earth (0+ / 0-)

          is the test for marijuana (presumably, THC) so insensitive that it can't tell the difference between marijuana and ibuprofen? About the only thing they have in common is a benzene ring.

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          by Samer on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 08:52:26 AM PDT

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          •  It is a matter of the type of testing. (1+ / 0-)
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            It was true back in the 90's that some things like poppy seeds or some over the counter drugs could provide a false positive. They used to ask what drugs you are taking and any over the counter supplements or drugs. I think the testing has gotten more precise so this could be less of an issue.

            •  The poppy seed thing still "works," unfortunately. (3+ / 0-)
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              This just happened. Short version: a woman ate a poppy seed bagel before giving birth, the hospital tested her blood for drugs, and they took away the baby because of the false positive. As the linked article notes, it didn't last-- they just settled, paying the woman $140,000-- but that was yesterday.

              •  This was certainly a case of over reach. (1+ / 0-)
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                I know a young woman that both her and her baby tested positive for THC (not something I condone) and the baby was not removed from the household. I understand the need to test the mother and baby after child birth for any conditions needing medical attention. There are so many babies born addicted to something that I understand the thought behind the practice.

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