Taking a urine drug test
Because employers do not want to employ individuals who use drugs, you make be
subjected to a random urine drug test by your employer. While random drug testing
is viewed as a violation of privacy, these tests are legal. Therefore, your employer
can demand that you provide a sample of bodily fluids to be screened for illegal
drugs. If you refuse to take a random urine drug test, your employer has the right
to terminate your employment. If you have not used illegal drugs, you have nothing
to worry about. On the other hand, habitual and occasional drug users may have
to stop their drug habit in order to keep their job.
If you are required to provide a urine sample, the process is simple. In most
cases, urine drug tests requested by an employer are unannounced and periodic.
Thus, at any given time, your employer may request a sample of your urine. When
this occurs you are provided with a sterile cup. After urinating into the cup,
the urine sample is sent away to a lab. Because a urine sample can only detect
drug use within the last three days, some people reschedule the test to increase
their odds of passing.
Individuals who take drugs for recreation may attempt to conceal drug use. This
method is not very effective. For example, some people who are required to take
a drug test may drink large amounts of water. However, this attempt to cleanse
the body does not work. Drinking large amounts of water prior to a urine drug test
will only dilute the urine – which raises suspicion. Moreover, detoxification
herbs and teas may be detected on drug tests. If attempting to detoxify your body
prior to a drug test, begin the detox process days before the test. Waiting until
the last minute will reveal high levels of an unknown substance.