Your prospective employer wants to drug test you. Should you worry?
While pre-employment drug tests are usually only required for transportation and other safety-sensitive industries, employers do have the right to drug test as part of the hiring process. The good news is if you’ve made it to the drug test and you haven’t been participating in any illegal activities, you most likely have the job. However, this can still be a stressful process—even if you’ve been on your best behavior.
Employers will usually drug test in order to qualify employees for workers’ compensation, avoid any legal liabilities and ensure they maintain productivity. If you’re asked to perform a drug test prior to employment, here’s what you can expect:
There is no simple answer as to how long drugs will remain in your system, since the answer is influenced by different characteristics such as, the specific drug half-life, intensity of the usage, length of usage, tolerance, fluid intake, body size, body fat, metabolism, and the specific range which the drug testing lab uses to signify a “positive” for drug use. But the following table provides some general guidelines for the amount of time a drug can be detected by most standard drug tests:
|Barbituates||1 day to 3 weeks|
|Euphorics (MDMA, Ecstasy)||1-3 days|
|Marijuana (THC)||7-30 days|
|Phencyclidine (PCP)||2-4 days|
|Steroids (anabolic)||14-30 days|