|Failing Your Drug Test|
If you fail your drug test, deny, complain, and insist on a retest! False positives are not uncommon, and have been known to make a shy person become loud and demanding. You will be interviewed by a medical review official (MRO), who would try to find out why you tested positive. MRO's are not impartial since they are employees of the lab, working for quality control. They are also there to protect the lab by "proving" to the court that the person who failed is a drug abuser. Anything you say to an MRO can and will be used against you. If you fight it, your lawyer can subpoena the proficiency testing records of the laboratory for review.
These questions should be asked about the lab you are challenging:
How does the lab handle samples?
Are they NIDA/CAP certified?
Do they participate in appropriate proficiency testing?
What is their track record in the proficiency testing program?
Have they ever failed a proficiency test?
What are the qualifications of the technical staff performing the test?
What technologies do they use to screen and confirm?
Many employers no longer show lab results to applicants and employees. Applicants simply are rejected if seeking employment; employees are "let go" for some vague reason. Elderly employees are getting fired for failing the test and losing all of their pension benefits. This has become a way for unscrupulous companies to save thousands or millions of dollars.
Books to help you before taking a drug test, or if you fail a test:
Pass the Test: An Employee Guide to Drug Testing
by Beverly A. Potter
Steal This Urine Test
by Abbie Hoffman
Drug Test Secrets
by Steven Landau
Just Say No To Drug Tests: How To Beat The Whiz Quiz
by Ed Carson
Ur-Ine Troubleby Kent Holtorf