A drug test is one of those things that people do but aren’t really excited about. If anything, most undergo it because they are required to do so by their workplace or learning institution. However, while we cannot be enthusiastic about it, we can learn a thing or two about it. This article highlights some common drug test facts, some of which you may encounter at some point in life.

1. Drug Tests Can Use More Than Just Blood and Urine Samples

In most cases, drug tests administrators use blood and urine as biological samples. However, did you know these are not the only specimens that can be used? Drug screening officers can also use nails, saliva, hair, and even sweat. Urine is commonly preferred because it contains higher concentrations of drugs and is non-invasive.

2. Drug Testing in the Workplace is Heavily Regulated in Canada

Unlike most countries, random drug testing in Canada is not commonly considered mandatory. On the contrary, it is viewed as a violation of privacy. The only time that it can be administered is when an employee is suspected of using illegal substances or after incidents such as emergencies or accidents. Be that as it may, drug testing is not permitted as part of the employment procedure.

3. Mouthwash Can Help an Individual Pass an Oral Drug Test

Oral drug tests are popular because they are non-invasive and easy to administer. Depending on how you look at it, one of the drawbacks or benefits is that mouthwash can help an individual pass oral drug tests. Mouthwash like Listerine helps clear drug metabolites from the saliva temporarily, so any oral drug tests conducted at this time would return negative results. Citric acid has also been known to change saliva’s PH and reduce drug concentration in the mouth.

4. Drug Testing is Free in Some Cities in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, a drug testing company called Jellinek offers free drug testing services in the cities of Utrecht, Hilversum, and Amersfoort. These tests are done anonymously and are limited only to consumers; parents aren’t allowed to conduct them. In Amsterdam, Jellinek charges €2.50, often paid in cash.

5. You Can Fail a Drug Test by Eating Foods Containing Poppy Seeds

Poppy seeds are commonly used to flavor pastries such as muffins, cakes, and bagels. However, when you consume such foods with opiate residues moments before an opiate drug test, there is a high risk of failing it.

6. Diego Maradona Used a Fake Manhood to Pass Drug Tests

During the 1990 World Cup, Diego Maradona, one of the greatest soccer/football stars, used a fake manhood to pass the drug tests. He would combine that with clean urine samples from other players to bypass the checks. Maradona was an avid cocaine user, so he had to do anything to pass the drug tests, and from hindsight, he somewhat succeeded. One of the props he used is displayed at a museum in Buenos Aires.

7. South Korea Does Random Drug Tests at Ports of Entry

In South Korea, the police have the right to perform random drug tests at the ports of entry. They mostly use urine or hair samples; anyone found to have consumed cannabis can be imprisoned for a term of up to five years.

8. Ted Binion Shaved Every Hair on His Body to Pass a Drug Test

Ted Binion, an American gambling executive and owner of Binion’s Horseshoe Casino, once shaved all of his hair to avoid failing a drug test. After he was banned from the management of Horseshoe, Ted was required to undergo regular testing. His efforts were, however, unsuccessful, as Ted’s gaming license was suspended in 1997.

9. Hydrating Can Dilute Drugs in Urine

Some individuals scheduled for drug tests usually drink plenty of water, hoping to dilute the unwanted substances in their urine – it sometimes works. However, this is a double-edged sword because too much water can reduce the levels of creatinine in urine, sending a red flag to drug testing officers.

10. Urine Drug Tests Can Detect a Wide Range of Substances

Urine is the go-to biological sample for most drug tests, and understandably so. Besides being easy to collect, urine can identify a wide range of substances, including cannabis, methadone, opiates, benzos, and even amphetamines.

11. E-sports Organizations Have Plans to Implement a Drug Testing Policy

The Electronic Sports League has contemplated introducing a drug testing policy for a while. While the ESL has banned drugs such as steroids, cocaine, and Adderall and even partnered with the World Anti-Doping Agency, there is no realistic way to test all participants. Most of the Esports games are held remotely.

12. Antidepressants Can Give a False Positive on Drug Tests

In a drug test, antidepressants can give a false positive for LSDs or amphetamines. Anyone scheduled for a drug test while on antidepressants is advised to notify their drug administrator beforehand. The same applies to decongestants and sertraline.

13. Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall was the First Athlete to Test Positive for a Drug Test

During the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, a former Swedish modern pentathlete, was the first athlete to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He was subjected to a urine test, and the results came back positive for excessive alcohol.

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Last Update: April 19, 2024