What is a Pre-Employment Drug Screen?

When searching for a job, one thing that is likely to come up is a pre-employment drug screen. Many companies require potential job candidates to pass a pre-employment drug screen before making them a job offer, as workers who abuse drugs are more likely to be tardy, absent, and submit claims for workers’ compensation.

Pre-employment Drug Screen: What to Expect

Pre-Employment Drug ScreenPre-employment drug screens typically test for cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, and phencyclidine (PCP). They may also test for alcohol and high levels of prescription drugs, namely sedatives such as Valium.

In most cases, a urine sample will be taken to test for these substances. However, blood, saliva, or hair could also be obtained for testing.

What should I bring with me for my pre-employment  drug screen?

In most cases, all you will need to bring with you is a state issued photo ID.

Besides my prospective employer, are my results shared with anyone else?

No. According to Society for Human Resource Management, “Generally, drug test results, like all medical information about employees, should be kept confidential. Drug test results should be filed in a confidential medical file separate from the general employee file.”

How long can drugs remain detectable in my system?

Several factors determine how long a drug will stay detectable in your body. Some of these factors include:

  • The type of drug

  • How much of the drug has been taken

  • How often the drug has been taken

  • The type of drug test method that is used

This chart goes into more detail about the detection times of specific drugs.

How long will it take to get my results?

In general, you and your prospective employer will receive your pre-employment drug screen results in just a few days. If your drug screen is positive, you may be asked to answer some questions, including questions about any medications you are currently taking.

Every FastMed Urgent Care offers drug tests and has laboratories on site. Our facilities are open every day of the year, including holidays, and provide drug screenings for current and prospective employees, DOT recertifications, and some worker’s compensation cases. Find a FastMed in your neighborhood today!

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