|This part of your test is a catch 22 .
If you list all the prescription and over the counter drugs
that you take, you might endanger your job. Employers frequently
scan your list to see if you are hyper-tensive, have heart.
lung, kidney, or liver problems, or other personal medical
disabilities that might be a reason to replace you with a younger
healthier worker. Employers do not like to pay sick leave or
insurance premiums. There are no Federal or State rules that
prohibit the practice of surveying your medical listing. Of
course if you are fired, the medication is not given as the
On the other hand if you do not make a complete
listing you may omit a medication that can cause a false positive.
New information about cross reactive drugs appears in the scientific
literature every few months.
This is a classical circumstance of self incrimination
that the 4th Amendment protects you against in Federal matters. However,
most testing takes place without any constitutional protections.
Employers often attempt to investigate your private behavior and
control you to the fullest extent possible.
Prior to most drug tests , you will be asked to
list prescription and non- prescription medications, that you have
taken in the past 7 days. THE MEDICATION LISTING MAY BE THE MOST
IMPORTANT ITEM ON YOUR TEST. SO THINK CAREFULLY. Immediately strike
the seven days and write in "30 days". The effects of many common
substances may stay in your body for long periods of time.
If your supervisor says something like "Well Jennifer,
you seem to be quite knowledgeable about these tests. Perhaps you
are a little paranoid about failing?" You might reply, "Mr. Boyle,
my job here at Zignat Plastics is so important to me that I took
the time to educate myself about the testing procedure. Did you know
the error rate for some drugs is over 25 percent ?"
You should always list every potential
error causing substance you may have taken over the last month. If
in doubt, list it. Though, you should consider the dilemma posed
in the first paragraph.
This may be the guarantee to a successful appeal
or court case if you are found to have a positive sample. At the
end of your medication list you should write a disclaimer in your
own language to the effect: "This list is my best recollection under
the time pressures which I have been placed. There may have been
other legal medications or substances that I consumed which I do
not remember at this time."
ID# _________________ POSITION_________________________ EMPLOYER_________________________
By my signature below, I hereby give consent
to urinalysis in accordance with the above named company.
I further acknowledge that the following information regarding
medications prescribed for me or otherwise is complete and
correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand the urine
sample I will provide will be subject to analysis to determine
the presence of drugs, alcohol, and/or other substances.
I further understand that the results of said analysis will
be communicated to the above mentioned company and my employer,
|CONSENT FORM If you are a test
subject you will be given a consent form (actual sample from
a company is above) . There are widespread reports of abuses
by companies asking employees to illegally sign their rights
away. Some companies even ask to have the right to search an
employee's person, private locker, or car parked on public
streets without a warrant and without cause.
You might want to write in that you must be shown
a copy of your test results and that your test can only be used to
search for illegal drugs, not pregnancy or medical problems. NOTE:
Women can be tested for pregnancy under "other substances" if they
sign the above form. This is becoming more common. Be careful!
If you have reason to believe that the test is
being conducted in a sloppy way that may make you a victim of a false
positive result, or if you believe for other reasons you may have
difficulty passing then you might want to refuse to sign a consent.
Without a signed consent form you cannot be tested. You might explain
that you will be happy to take a test as soon as your lawyer can
review what you are asked to sign. If threatened with job loss, ask
for the threat in writing.
Many forms have a number of areas to initial. If
one of these is omitted, or if you initial the area that is reserved
for the laboratory, the test may be voided. If put your signature
on an incorrect line and not call attention to the mistake, you will