Pre-Employment Drug Tests

Minnesota Occupational Health offers drug screening programs for Pre-employment, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Random and Follow-up. If your job offer is contingent on passing a drug screen, there is no need to make an appointment. Please bring a photo ID and be prepared to provide a urine specimen at any one of our three clinics, from 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (the last collection start-times each day). If your employer provides you with a document called a Chain of Custody form, be sure to bring that as well.

Try not to drink excessive amounts of fluids which may result in the need for a re-test.

Federal (DOT), FAA, US Coast Guard, FTA, Pipeline) drug tests look for the following drugs:

  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Creatinine
  • Marijuana
  • Opiates
  • PCP

Non-Federal drug tests often look for additional drugs which typically include:

  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
  • Creatinine
  • Marijuana
  • Methadone
  • Methaqualone
  • Opiates
  • PCP
  • Propoxyphene

The length of time a particular drug is detectable varies widely. Some are stored in fat for example, and leach into the urine over extended periods of time. It is impossible to predict a drug will be at a high enough level to be reported as “positive.”

The temperature of a specimen is also measured and if it is out of a normal range you may be asked to repeat a collection, only the next time it will be observed by someone of your gender. Refusal to re-test an invalid specimen is normally treated by employers as a positive drug test.

If you are on a prescription, do not bring this information to the clinic but be prepared to provide your prescription information when a Medical Review Officer (MRO) calls in order to determine of any prescription drug found in your urine is being legally taken, before reporting the result to your employer as positive or negative.

To recap:

  • Bring a photo ID
  • Bring all paperwork an employer provides to you
  • Drink normally, not to excess
  • Be ready to provide a urine specimen
  • If contacted by an MRO, provide valid prescription information
  • Get the job and be successful!
By | 2017-08-07T19:13:22+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pre-Employment Drug Tests

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