How People Pass Drug Tests
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How People Pass Drug Tests

Passing a drug test is a common discussion on the Internet these days and the majority of the information is focused on passing a urine test.  The majority of drug tests that are given are for pre-employment purposes.  Because of this, many substance abuse users are finding themselves in the position where they want to get a job, but they are not able to pass a drug test.

There are various resources that people utilize when attempting to pass a drug test.  These individuals are often very knowledgeable on how long drugs can be detected in their system.  For instance, alcohol is only present for 12-24 hours, but can be detected up to 5 days after use with a standard EMIT drug test.  Marijuana can stay in the system from 2 days to 12 weeks depending on use.  Methamphetamines can be detected within 3-5 days.  These individuals will try to take their drug test at the latest possible time or date that they can.

Another tactic that many users will use is to drink an excess of water before the drug test.  This causes the urine to become very dilute and may cause the test results to become unreliable.  Additionally, people will drink detox solutions that are filled with B vitamins and then they drink this with an excess of water as well.  Be concerned if urine is extremely dilute.  This is often a red flag that they are trying to wash their system out.

Another tactic is to create a false positive by taking Tylenol.  This interferes with the test and may also provide inaccurate results.  Additionally, people will claim to have been eating a poppy seed bagel or muffin when they test positive.

Other individuals have become rather sneaky in the manner in which they attempt to pass drug tests.  It is not uncommon for individuals to try and sneak in synthetic urine or the urine of another animal.  Depending on where you are located, it is important to know that there are at least ten states that have outlawed the sale of synthetic urine or adulterants.  These states include:

  • Arkansas
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia

If a person does end up failing the drug test, they will often simply fallback on the excuse of "that's not possible."  In this situation, they may attempt to have a test rescheduled at a later date.  This is often in an attempt to continue cleaning out their system so that they can pass the next test.

There a wide variety of methods that individuals will use to pass a pre-employment drug test and it is a good idea to have a firm grasp on these methods as well as the signs that something may not be right with a person's test specimen. 

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