Posted on February 23, 2017 in Drugs
Drug use has been an ongoing issue in the United States for the past few decades. Recently, drug overdoses have overtaken car accidents as the most common cause of accidental deaths in the country. Consequently, more people are advocating for better awareness programs and educational services to warn Americans about the dangers of drug use. Not only is drug and alcohol abuse unhealthy and potentially fatal on the individual level, it also costs American businesses in missed time from work, insurance claims, and lost productivity.
Most U.S. employers reserve the right to test job applicants for drug and alcohol use. More recently, companies have started offering reduced health insurance premiums to employees who abstain from nicotine use, as well. Past experimentation with drugs or being in recovery should not preclude a person from future employment.
If you’re facing a drug test for employment, it’s important to carefully assess several factors:
Depending on your frequency and the volume you consume, drugs will remain in your system for longer. For example, an occasional drug user will have a much better chance of passing a drug test than a daily user, even if they use the same drug.
Due to cost constraints, most companies only pay for drug testing done with a saliva sample. This method provides clear results, but in a much smaller window. Hair samples can test positive for much longer than saliva or urine samples but are more expensive and time-consuming to perform.
It’s best to completely abstain from all drug and alcohol use once you find out about an impending test. Different substances will remain in your system longer than others, and the method used to take the drugs also can affect test results.
Below are some of the most commonly used drugs in the United States. Refer to this chart, but bear in mind that these timeframes are not consistent for every person, and should therefore only be used as a guideline:
Ultimately, the best way to beat a drug test is to abstain from taking drugs. It’s important to understand how various drugs affect the body and mind, as well as their long-term effects and potential for addiction. If you think you may have a problem, set your pride aside and seek help from a Phoenix drug crimes attorney before your habit worsens.