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Many people are required to get drug tested for a variety of different reasons. Whether it’s for a new job or to join a sports team, we count on these results to be accurate every single time. The outcome of a faulty drug screening can have life-altering ramifications, a risk most cannot afford to take. The majority of the time, these tests are accurate, with insured results. However, there are some instances when testing positive for a drug test might not be the test takers fault. Check out the video below to see how you could end up with an inaccurate test.

Standardized testing

The methods for checking a urine sample for drugs haven’t changed much over recent years. While advancements have been made to make it more difficult to fake a passing sample, like tests being capable of detecting system-cleansing drinks and diluted urine, there haven’t been many advances to ensure a clean sample doesn’t accidentally test positive.

A wide variety of other substances can cause someone who doesn’t use drugs to fail a drug screening. It is estimated that 5-10% of urine drug tests turn up positive because of things other than drugs.

Completely legal foods or medications are causing the spike and it’s important to know what can alter your results.

Effecting a drug test

You can test positive for amphetamines (like meth) because of the use of cold medicine and nasal inhalers.

Antihistamines in these types of medicine are meant to subdue allergies but contain ingredients that can interfere with drug screenings, making the test falsely show up positive.

Coca tea can result in a positive result for cocaine. While the tea is made from the same plant as cocaine, it is nothing like the drug.

Opiates might be the easiest to accidentally test positive for. With the heroin epidemic on the rise all across the country, more and more individuals are finding themselves being tested for the substance.

Some antibiotics, like Levofloxacin, Ofloxacin, and Pefloxacin, which are taken for a variety of common reasons, can cause a test to produce a positive result. As little as one dose of the medication can skew results.

Poppy seeds have been known to cause consumers to test positive for opium. Eating just one muffin can result in an inaccurate drug screening.

Cannabis is also able to result in a positive if the test taker consumers more than 1,200 mg of Ibuprofen, about six pills, per day.

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