How to Pass a Drug Test
There are different reasons for people needing to take a drug test. One reason is as a condition of probation for a criminal offender. A drug test may also be given to patients at a hospital to determine what drugs are in their system in order to provide better treatment. Some employers also require drug tests as a condition of employment. Some states now require that people who receive social welfare benefits be drug tested first.
Types of Drug Tests
- Urine Drug Test: Urine drug testing is a common form of drug testing. When drugs are broken down and metabolized in the body, these metabolites can be found in the urine. Drugs that can be found in the urine include amphetamines, methamphetamines, opioids, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, methadone, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines.
- Blood Test: Blood testing for drugs is invasive and tends to be expensive, so it’s often not the preferred method, though it is very accurate. Drugs that can be found in blood include opiates, nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.
- Saliva Test: Saliva drug testing is becoming a more popular option, but it can only detect very recent drug use. It can reveal the use of cannabis, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.
- Hair Test: Hair drug testing works because metabolized drugs enter the blood vessels in the scalp and from there, enter the hair. It can reveal even drug use from long ago. This type of drug test is expensive and time-consuming. It can detect drugs like methamphetamines, amphetamines, PCP, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, and opioids.
- Perspiration Test: Perspiration testing involves testing the sweat for drugs. It is a time-consuming process, as the person being tested needs to wear a patch to collect the sweat over the course of 14 days. It can detect cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, PCP, and cannabis.
How to Pass Your Drug Test
- The best option for passing a drug test, of course, is not to do any illegal drugs. Otherwise, move on to step two.
- Because urine drug tests are the most common out of all of the drug tests listed about, that is likely the drug test that you will undergo. You may or may not be observed while performing your urine sample.
- Know what drugs will likely be tested for and how long they will stay in your system. The most common urine test is a five-drug panel test, which tests for amphetamines, PCP, marijuana, cocaine, and opiates. Other drugs may also be tested for, however. Here are how long each drug tends to stay in your system:
- Ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamine, amphetamine, morphine: 2 days
- Barbiturates: 2 days to 3 weeks
- Cannabis: 2 days to 7 days (one-time use) or 1 to 2 months (chronic use)
- Benzodiazepines: 3 days (therapeutic) or 4 to 6 weeks (chronic use)
- PCP: 8 to 14 days (one-time use) or 30 days (chronic use)
- Stop using drugs within the proper timeframe as noted in step three.
- List any and all medications and supplements you may be taking, in case they result in a false positive.
- Do not try to mask your urine sample or spike it with something else, because it will be detected and you will automatically fail the test.
- Do not dilute the sample, either by adding water straight to the sample or by drinking a lot of fluid before the test. This will be detected and you’ll be asked to provide another sample.
- If you’ve used THC, drinking just three to four glasses of water before your test could be enough to get it out of your system without overly diluting your urine to the point of suspicion.
- Do not try to trade your urine with someone else’s.
- Do not use drugs again after your test, in case you are asked for another urine sample.
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