What Happens If I Fail a Pre-Employment Drug Test?

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Prospective employees are often required to take a pre-employment drug test, which can raise many questions. There are consequences of failing a pre-employment drug test, but you can’t get in legal trouble for a pre-employment drug test unless you’re taking a test for probation. Today, Dr. Gil explains more about what happens if you fail a pre-employment drug test.   

What Happens If I Don’t Pass My Drug Test?

At Dr. Gil’s Immediate Care, our rapid drug tests determine negative tests within minutes. A federally certified SAMHSA laboratory must review non-negative test results and regulated drug tests, which typically takes 3-5 days. After we receive the lab report, Dr. Gil will confirm the result with the specimen donor to make sure there’s no medical reason for the positive test result, such as a prescription medication. 

Then, once Dr. Gil has validated the information, he’ll display his final result as either a negative or a positive. This is called an MRO interview. If the employee tests positive for any regulated drug test, a substance abuse professional (SAP) will need to evaluate him or her. If you have more questions about our drug screenings, visit our FAQ page or call (417) 869-8000.     

Can I Still Get Hired?

It depends on your field, but your chances of getting hired after failing a pre-employment drug test are very slim. You can try talking with the employer and ask to retake the test or apply again later.  

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Does a Failed Drug Test Go on Your Record?

If you fail a drug test for a job, it doesn’t go into any public record that future employers could see. However, there are some things to keep in mind. First, the company that tested you might hold a record if you try to apply again. Next, when you apply for a job with the DOT, you must acknowledge any previously failed tests and they may ask your previous DOT employers for drug test results.  

Drug screenings from Dr. Gil’s Immediate Care will go on your medical record where they typically stay for a long time. Since medical records aren’t public, employers don’t have access to them, but anyone with clearance to medical databases can view them. 

In summary, failing a drug test is never a good thing, but in most cases, it’s not a problem that will follow you in the future. 

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Looking for Drug Screen Solutions in Springfield, MO?

If you’re looking for a trusted occupational health service in Springfield, look no further than Dr. Gil’s. We provide quick, secure, and unbiased drug testing for many purposes, and we work hard to decrease the overall costs to employers. To set up an account, contact us online or give us a call today.     

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