If you test positive for hydrocodone on a pre-employment drug screen BUT have a prescription, will you be considered or reported as a negative?? Will the lab let the employer know the details of the screen? Tested positive but have tx. How long does Norco stay in your system?
Norco (have rx) on pre-employment drug screen?
Added 14 Apr 2012:
I am going for my dream job, the pay is excellent. I wasn't taking any for weeks & weeks waiting for the employer to set up my drug screen. Well, the pain became unbearable, so I took 2 norcos. My test could be scheduled next week sometime (possibly Tuesday at the earliest). I was wanting to know how the procedures work when there's a positive. Is it legal for the employer to be notified of the meds I am taking?? Thank you for your honest answers!!!! I truly appreciate it.
I'll be brief. I am not certain of your local laws, but SOP for NC and I believe the universal practice is that since the employer hires the lab to do the screen, they always receive the results first. You, having entered into the employment process during which having signed at one point that you agreed to this kind of thing and the records could be read by your potential employer, etc. contractual things give them the legal rights to most anything about you.
So you're going to be doing the explaining to the employer, not the lab. If you can prove you have medical reason for testing positive for anything legal on the test's spectrum you cannot be penalized for it. It would be discrimination against the mentally ill, handicapped, or etc. Just get a doctor's note and it cannot be considered.
On my current job as a ER nurse I was drug tested upon getting hired at the pre-employment physical. Having had to take Norco for Sciatic nerve pain for 3 years I tested positive, they asked me what medications I was on and I told them about the Norco so they just asked for a prescription number (which I gave them) and everything seemed to work out because I got the job. In my opinion it may depend on the organization but with a prescription you are legal.
My experience in CA on a pre-employment drug screening, I'm in the health care industry:
Company A) I get pre employment physical from hospitals employee health dept. They asked for urine sample (which I knew/was disclosed) for drug screen. The employee health dept did a standard "urine drug dip" on my sample. I was told "oh we are going to have to send this out to our outside lab now because its indicating pos for benzos". Specimen was "split" I signed as I witnessed its packaging, sealing etc. In about 3 days I got a call from the outside lab in another state. The physician said "we are the lab your hospital contracts with when a pre-lim dip is positive, we then gas the sample and can identify exactly what drug it is beyond the "simple dip".
Where as they said its pos for benzodiazepines; after gassing we can tell u WHAT TYPE of benzo it is". He then asked me If I was taking/had taken any benzos. It had been like 3 weeks prior to my test that I had taken a diazepam, and I honestly didn't even think about it nor was I "worried" about providing a sample. In fact I didn't even list that as a drug that I take. The physician said do you have a prescription for diazepam or any other benzo? I said yes I do. He then said "in order for me to report to your employer that this was a NEGATIVE screen; you need to fax us within 3 days your rx history from the pharm you had it filled or the prescribing md's statement that he rx the drug." He said once I get that; I will report to your employer it was a NEGATIVE result. However; if I was unable to provide verification he said he would have to notify them it was a POS result.
So, in answer to part of your ... In Ca, outside labs receive a facilities in office positive dip and then gas the specimen for further ID. The md of the OUTSIDE lab calls you FIRST, to report findings. Gives you opportunity with time restraints to provide verification of a rx for said drug and then reports it to company as a "NEGATIVE DRUG SCREEN". From his explanation there is NO other info given to the requesting company other than; is it NEGATIVE OR POSITIVE. He said there were strict regs regarding this; as YOUR EMPLOYER has NO legal right to know what medications you are taking; period.
Several years later when I left that job, I did request my employee health records for titer purposes. Well, what that md said was indeed true because included was the outside labs report which simply stated "specimen gassed using blah blah blah; findings NEGATIVE urine toxicology".
Hope that helps a little..
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