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    Choux Posts: 3,047, Reputation: 376
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    Jun 15, 2008, 10:57 AM
    Testing for Substances
    I'm new at learning about testing for substances on job applicants and on the job folks.

    What is this test that so many addicts refer to?
    I'd like to learn anything you feel like sharing?

    My former home care aid told me that Wal*Mart tests all prospective employees; she is a full time employee there.

    Thanks,
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    Jun 15, 2008, 11:18 AM
    http://www.nwlaborpress.org/2001/8-3-01Drugs2.html
    Is this what you mean?

    Drug Testing During Hiring - Employee Rights Center
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    Jun 15, 2008, 12:24 PM
    Hello Choux:

    There are two basic tests - a hair test which can tell over a pretty long period what drugs were used, and a urinalysis, which can tell what drugs were used recently.

    Within those two categories, there are different levels of tests that can be performed. Not all urinalysis test for opiates, for example. I'm sure not all hair tests test for all substances possible.

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    Jun 15, 2008, 02:14 PM
    But as long as you are not using any illegal drugs there is no worry anyway. So if you are using them, just don't work for places that test, there are a lot of great car washes that need attendants
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    Jun 16, 2008, 06:00 PM
    Excellent help, thank you so much. :)
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    Jun 16, 2008, 06:05 PM
    Let us not forget also that there are blood tests that can be done to detect drugs. As well, in the rarest of occasions a spinal tap can be done to detect drugs in the spinal fluid. That stays in the spinal fluid for an eternity. However, that is NEVER done for employment drug screens.

    I stand behind what excon says, and will add that a blood test can be done if there is an injury on the job.
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    Jul 29, 2008, 06:02 AM
    Legally employers have established that it is within their rights to ensure the workplace is free from drugs and alcohol and one of the best ways to protect your workplace is to screen out drug abusers before they become employees. An employer can establish a program for testing job applicants for drug usage as long as it is administered fairly and consistently and is in line with federal and state laws.

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