Taking a drug test is quick and simple. For the most part, doctor's offices, employers, and insurance agencies require you to provide a sample of urine. This is one of the easiest methods for administering a drug test. Understandably, some people are reluctant to take a drug test. These individuals likely have a drug problem, or occasionally smoke marijuana. While long-term drug use is hard to conceal on a drug test, you may be able to pass a drug test as a recreational user.
Drugs remain in our body at varying lengths. The longer you use drugs, the harder it is for your body to cleanse itself. For the most part, drugs are no longer detected after a week – with the exception of habitual cocaine use. In this case, cocaine is detected in the body for up to 3 months. While employers and insurance agencies may require you to provide urine sample, this sample is only able to detect drug use that occurred within the last 72 hours. Blood samples and saliva samples can also detect drug use for up to three days. If taking a drug test, it may be wise to schedule tests once drugs are no longer detectable.
While people attempt to pass a urine test by drinking excessive amounts of water, attempting to pass a blood test is much harder. For this reason, most insurance agencies use blood tests as part of their application process. If taking a drug test, your body is being tested for traces of cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, opiates (heroine), marijuana. In rare cases, over-the-counter and prescription medications provide false positive results. For example, Advil and Midol have offered a positive for marijuana, whereas prescription antibiotics may offer a false positive for cocaine. Thus, if you are currently taking medications for a cold or infection, attempt to reschedule the test or inform the medical professional of current medications.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.