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Q: Failed a drug test for work because of my prescription of Adderall

I'm prescribe Adderall 20mg twice a day I've been sick and been taking other over the counter medications and using a Vick's inhaler and I just took a drug test and they said i failed it for meth andI haven't ever used meth I lost my job today because of it so please someone give me a answer asap what i could have taken to fail that test so maybe i can get my job back please help me!!!!!!!!!!

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
3/13/11 6:48pm

Noah

 

Thank you for your question and welcome to ADHDCentral.com.

 

Prior to taking the employment screening, you should have been given a form to complete which included a space for any current medications you are taking. Did you complete this form? Did you list Adderall on the form along with the prescribed strength and the prescribing doctor's name? Adderall can show up as meth in a drug test, that is why it is important to let the lab know that you have a prescription for Adderall. Most labs will take this information into account when reporting the results to your employer.

 

At this point, I would speak with your employer and let them know about your prescription. You may need to prove this information with a copy of the prescription or the actual prescription bottle with your name on it.

 

For more information:

 

Employment Drug Screening and ADHD Medications

 

Eileen

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Donna-1, Community Member
3/13/11 9:35pm

I used to work at a place that used random drug testing.  Unfortunately for myself and others, they did not give us an opportunity to list ANY of the medications we were on.  The person doing the testing said they would "be in contact if anything showed up."  As many strong mental illness meds as I was on, I did not understand why they didn't want to get a list and let me provide proof I had a prescription for each one.  Fortunately, none of what I took showed up on the taboo list, but another man got fired for taking one of his wife's back pain pills when he threw out his back.  I can kind of see why that was -- it was not his medication.  But he still had no opportunity to explain beforehand and when it came down to it, they weren't interested in what he had to say afterwards.

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
3/23/11 7:24pm

Donna

 

As with everything, there is good and bad to employer drug testing. In many cases, these tests keep us safe as there are jobs that can be dangerous to the public if done while under the influence of some drugs. On the other hand, it seems some are unfairly fired because of drug screenings.

 

Hopefully, employers who unfairly fire will "see the error of their ways" and find a way to treat employees fairly.

 

Eileen

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shdykong, Community Member
3/ 5/14 9:57pm

hi my name is keith.i just took a drug test for work.it was a random test.i take adderall for about 20 years now and have never had a problem.well this test came back positive for meth emphatamines and also emphatamines.im not a doctor and dont no a lot about this but i dont use any illegal drugs and i mite lose my job.i requested a split test and i hope that this resolves the problem.Is there anything else i can do to clear my name.I take 20 mg tablets and 25mg xr.I have a new born baby and a family.Im a honoest hardworking man.PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! THIS ISNT RIGHT.IF I HAD KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE I WOULD HAVE FOUND SOMETHING ELSE TI TAKE FOR MY ADHD

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
3/ 6/14 8:23am

Hopefully, your bringing attention to the matter will resolve it. You might also talk to your doctor and ask if you can have a letter stating what medications you take and why. You can share this information with your employer. Although I know many people don't feel they want to share this type of information, in your case it might be helpful. 

 

Please let me know how this works out.

 

Eileen 

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By noah, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/01/14, First Published: 03/11/11