I was recently on medical leave due to a car accident. The day I returned to work, I was drug tested. After being asked to empty my pockets and my purse, i listed my prescribed medications, which included Norco, Flexeril and Xanax. I tested positive for Xanax. They stated I was under the influence, placed me on unpaid leave and called a taxi to take me home. I am sitting at home waiting for the lab to confirm the levels of what I was positive for. Can I loose my job for being positive for a prescribed benzodiazapine or any other prescription for that matter?
I would certainly get a lawyer if that happened. When you take a medication regularly at prescribed doses, I hate that they consider you under the influence because it doesn't do anything to you. They should have to do further testing to see if you were indeed impaired. Those of us on certain medications better rise up soon and stop taking all this crap. We should be able to take the medications that are deemed necessary for our problems the same as anyone else.
No you cannot especially because alprazolam ( Xanax) stays in your system for days so they cannot say you took it at work and not two days before you went back to work. And if you have a RX that is current there is nothing they can do. I am a forensic toxicologist who reviews drug test daily to determine if they are positive or negative. I deal with this stuff daily. It doesn't matter if you have opiates in your system as long as you have a valid current RX. If you work in a state that is a right to work state unfortunately they can fire you for any reason or no reason at all. But if you do not they cannot use a drug test to fire you.
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