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Drug testing at work

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Davidko19, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. dtmt

    dtmt Well-Known Member

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    As far as professionals, I've only known one guy who has been tested. Still, I wouldn't do anythign that would cause me to fail, never know when you might want or need to be looking for that next gig.
     
  2. musicguy

    musicguy Well-Known Member

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    Come on, seriously?
    People might be surprised that classical musicians are this way, as opposed to people who play other genres. If we talk about substance use at least a few times, I'd say 80-90% of classical musicians have done something.
    I hear that beta blockers are big with this crowd. Slows the heart and helps keep hands steady.
    Yeah, if we include beta blockers, I'd say it's at least 50% of classical musicians. I take a 5mg dose for auditions. It definitely helps. I have to work a bit to overcome the feeling of beta blockers so that I can still play like a badass.
    Primary use of beta blockers are to treat HTN.
    This. But for hypertension, the dose is exponentially bigger. 5mg is almost like a placebo. They work for not allowing you to get worked up about being nervous. I find that if I am very confident before an audition, I take 5mg of propranolol an hour before and I don't even think about nerves. Some public speakers and actors take them also, although I've heard that some actors have a tendency to forget their lines after taking beta blockers.
     
  3. gauche.story

    gauche.story Well-Known Member

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    Beta-blockers, eh? I think I should investigate this.

    Remember, for every problem, there is a pill.
     
  4. mr.orange

    mr.orange Well-Known Member

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    We hair test every few months for everybody.

    why bother when a urine test will do just fine? Just saying since your company does it so often
     
  5. HgaleK

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    why bother when a urine test will do just fine? Just saying since your company does it so often
    Hair will go back much further than urine. Rate of testing also tapers off to twice a year as the gents get established.
     
  6. tesuquegolfer

    tesuquegolfer Well-Known Member

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    I work for the Government and they now have random drug testing for all employees. I have probably had a urine test for drugs and alcohol 20+ times in the last 19 years.
     
  7. dtmt

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    I work for the Government and they now have random drug testing for all employees. I have probably had a urine test for drugs and alcohol 20+ times in the last 19 years.

    you're banned from drinking...?
     
  8. Pilot

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    I had to do a breathalyzer the first day I showed up for work. Didn't really see the point, wasn't exactly planning on getting hammered and showing up to fly.
     
  9. tesuquegolfer

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    you're banned from drinking...?

    Actually you have to be careful on how much you consume the day before. I know of a guy that tested positive the day after Superbowl, and when questioned he stated that he had not had anything to drink 12 hours prior to work. However, prior to that he had more than 12 beers and still had enough in his system to blow a positive. They said it didn't matter when he had consumed but that he should not be at work in an "impaired" state. Also, no cocktails at lunch. Prior to testing I know people that would drink at lunch. I know people that gave up poppy seed muffins just to avoid any possibility. IMO that is being a little too paranoid. [​IMG]
     
  10. slycedbred

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    Hair will go back much further than urine. Rate of testing also tapers off to twice a year as the gents get established.

    wtf? what kind of job requires this? or is it just a wasteful company that likes to do wasteful things?
     
  11. Mr Herbert

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    wasn't exactly planning on getting hammered and showing up to fly.

    it happens
     
  12. stever

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    i used to work for a trucking company; they ran regular tests for whipper and meth but turned a blind eye when they came back positive.
     
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    wtf? what kind of job requires this? or is it just a wasteful company that likes to do wasteful things?
    It's one of the more profitable companies of its size in its industry here in the Southwest. Drugs don't mix well with things like heavy equipment, machinery, high voltage work, etc. It also works wonders for weeding out those who wouldn't follow company policy on other things, or ignore attention to detail when the foreman isn't around. It's managed to more than pay for itself.
     
  14. Pilot

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    it happens

    It most certainly does. A lot more than you would think.
     
  15. gam29

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    i've only been in the following situations:

    1) Prior to my first job out of college
    2) Working at a client site where pharmaceutical products are manufactured
    3) Prior to working for a government run entity at my second job
     
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    I just had a random drug test. I hate how they treat you like you have already failed it.
     
  17. JohnGalt

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    I was tested when I accepted my job here - had to report to a lab within 3 days to give a urine sample. I think the background check company actually processed the result from Quest (the testing lab) and would have reported it back to the employer. A nurse (or doctor, I forget) with the company called me and said that I tested positive (had an injury a few days before and a scrip for tylenol with codeine) - sent them a copy and all was fine. I don't think it was reported to the employer, not that it would have mattered. FWIW this is with a Fortune 500.
     
  18. GreenFrog

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    Just accepted a consulting gig and they said I'd have to do a drug test within three days of signing the offer.

    I haven't done any drugs in the past months but I have been around people who have smoked weed. Would this be detected in my system? I also have a prescription for anxiety medication (propranolol, ativan); would that come up? What exactly are they testing for in a urine sample?
     
  19. austinite

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    Just accepted a consulting gig and they said I'd have to do a drug test within three days of signing the offer.

    I haven't done any drugs in the past months but I have been around people who have smoked weed. Would this be detected in my system? I also have a prescription for anxiety medication (propranolol, ativan); would that come up? What exactly are they testing for in a urine sample?


    If you are prescribed a drug, simply say so when they ask. If you were in a car that people hotboxed you might fail, otherwise second hand smoke is not a real threat. Nonetheless, I might stay away from direct contact with people smoking until after the test. The 30 days figure that people give for weed is only for those that smoke a crap-ton. A few days is usually fine for someone who isn't a regular smoker.
     

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