So you got that new job that is a perfect fit for you. You’re excited, until the moment that someone from Human Resources informs you that your offer is contingent upon a drug test screening. Your heart rate increases and beads of sweat form on your brow, as you remember the joint that you smoked the other night with friends. Sound familiar? The following article addresses this issue, among others.
The most common reason for drug screening is for pre-employment purposes. The federal government requires companies that employ people with commercial class driver’s licenses to be given a drug test, known as the SAMHSA5, which tests for five specific drugs:
Opiates (heroin, morphine)
Because of this requirement, most employers, although not mandated to, use the SAMHSA5 for prospective employees. The three main ways to detect drugs in the body are through blood, hair, and most often, urine. Let’s discuss each of the five drugs individually.
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