I have been taking Hydrocodone as needed with a prescription on and off for a month for tooth pain. I have a drug screen and want to know if I will pass. I don't take them every day but have had to the past few days and wonder if I will be questioned as to why my script is a month old. It is that old because I don't need them daily. Any advice? Also out of curiosity are drug screens able to tell the amount of a drug in your system?
I didn't see a Dentist. I go to a clinic in town due to no insurance and they said I could not get in until November. I was referred to the ER and I was prescribed the hydrocodone there. I guess I am just wondering if they are going to want to know why I am still taking it because it has been a month but I have not been able to get a dentist to see me yet. I am just probably making myself nervous because I don't typically take meds and I have never had to take a UA while on any meds.
hi cbabygirl, You will undoubtedly test positive for the hydrocodone, but don't worry about that. You have a prescription for it, and still having some a month later tells the Doctors that you are not abusing. If you were, your meds would be gone already. Just do take your prescription with you and tell them upfront (before you test) that you have been taking a prescription for pain and are waiting for your appt. That's all you need. And yes, it can tell how much is in your system, which is not a problem unless you've been taking too much in these last few days. That would show a higher level, and since I don't know why you are having a drug screen done, I can't tell you what kind of problem that could be. If you've been taking them as prescribed, I really wouldn't worry about it too much... Good luck, and God bless... beanmarie
After Medical School, I worked in a Pre-Employment Drug Screening Lab as a Sample Analysis Evaluator.
There are very strict rules and procedures involved in this field of testing.
If a screen comes back "Positive" for Opiates or other Controlled Substances that have SAFETY implications in the workplace, I was required to contact the patient being tested to determine what type of work they were applying for. I was then required to have the patient prove that the medication involved was recently prescribed by a licensed Physician. The patient was required to photograph the prescription bottle, or original prescription with all of the prescribing information visible and then email the photos to my office. I would evaluate the information provided and contact the Doctor if necessary for verification.
If the initial patient screening was positive, and they provided the proper Physician documentation as to why they were prescribed an Opiate, my response to the requesting employer was "Verified Negative" for illicit drugs.
If the initial patient screening was positive for Opiates and they were classified in a "Safety Sensitive" work position. Even with a Doctor's documentation, the response would be "Un-Verified Negative". Which would open a can of worms and require further High Tech Screening.
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