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I am not a medical professional and would not be able to give you medical advice.
Adderall can show up on drug screenings as amphetamines. If you have a prescription for Adderall, I would think this should be taken into consideration. I would suggest contacting an attorney since they took your granddaughter. Did you have custody of her?
There is more about drug screenings and ADHD medication at:
Employment Drug Screening and ADHD Medications
Oh this sounds like such a difficult and heartbreaking case. I do hope your in your next hearing the judge listens and makes the right decision. I would certainly look into hiring an attorney, either with your income tax money or contacting your local bar association and asking if there are any attorneys or organizations in your area that provide low cost or free lawyer services - sometimes you can find an attorney who will work on a income basis rather than a flat fee or ones that will take cases pro se.
Please check back and let me know how the hearing goes.
Yes if u read my post on all of these adhd blogs, I describe how Ive recently been done by the court system due to falsely failed drug screens. I dont know exactly why Adderol is indeed showing up as meth on a drug test but im living proof that it is as well as many others that has dealt with this same issue. I mean there is people out there that is losing their jobs, going to jail, and not to mention just flat out embarrased from the false results. Im still on a hard core mission in researching any and all info I can to give and make some kind of sense out of this havoc issue. Of course I feel as if the legal system could care less about determining why it is or believeing it truly is false results b/c a failed drug test to them means more money in their pockets, so its almost lik fighting a losing battle. Now if adderol wasnt a behavioral medicine I might could understand them not having any concern to how it falsely failing for meth would effect the average joe. But a person that has been diagnosed with adhd with out a doubt needs this medication in order to lead a normal life. And so forth, its like a slap in the face when whosoever conducts a drug screen and determines it to be a positive screen for meth w/o considering the adderol the subject has been prescribed treating behavior issues. Exspecially if that subject is found guilty and punished for the falsely failed drug screen. I pray there is someone out there reading or is made aware of this life destroying fact who has some authority and does something/anything to establish why its shows up, how it can be fixed, and most certainly put an end to the ones who hold office within criminal law who are taking advantage of the situration by getting rich off the ones who are in drug court, court refferals, or on probation. Im sure there is people out there that abuses this medication, b/c for every drug theres abusers but in the case were a person clinically needs it, well in my opinion they shouldnt be treated any different than someone who has to take insulin or heart meds in order to stay alive, So yes ADDEROL shows on (a) Drug Screen as AMPHETAMINES and METHPHETAMINES. Ive found information informing of a certain test that has to be conducted in order to determine that it is not Meth It has to be solely requested from you If the test result is positive, it is helpful to confirm it with gas-chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS). In some cases, a test will register a false positive. This can result from interfering factors such as some foods, prescription medications, and other drugs. The GC-MS will help tell the difference between a false positive or a true positive, resulting from the presence of an illegal drug. . So I guess in reality its up to the test conductor to have the final judgement and say on whether or not you are a METH HEAD or somebody thats just trying to live as normal as you can even if it takes a medication to help you do that
I am dealing with Child Protective Services in Comal County, Texas. My children were taken away based on an oral fluid drug screen, which came back, "presumtive positive" the CPS dept states that they are not required to send the results to the lab for GC-MS confirmation. They state the Judge does not require it either. I took matters into my own hands and demanded that a second test be taken immediately after the first one, that must be sent to a lab. I take ephedrine HCL for my asthma, I know for a fact that this is the medication causing a "false-positive" result. My family has been torn apart, my children have been gone for almost 1 month. What can we do to ensure that CPS caseworkers and Judges are "EDUCATED" with regards to this problem?
Depending on the type of drug test used, you may have grounds to contest the result. If the rapid urine or saliva test were used and a lab confirmation was not done to confirm the initial positive screen then it is not worth the paper it is written on. The FDA clearance for these devices requires a lab confirmation due to the fact there is a good chance of operator error and also false positives due to prescriptions and certain foods and food supplements. A medical review done by a physician who is a certified medical review officer should also be done to assure prescriptions do not cause a false positive. In my 19 years experience in the drug testing industry in Texas, the fact that our industry is not regulated, the qualifications and skills of drug testing providers will vary greatly from well trained and qualified to no training at all. Also look for key wording about the result such as trace amount of drug or a drug has not been used recently. If you see these contest the result.