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Old 07-08-2012, 05:57 PM   #16
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Re: nervous about ritalin and drug testing

Well I took Ritalin a few month back and passed my det entrance exam and my job did not give me a random test at this time, now I am a detective doing cases and I am having a hard time organizing and writing reports. My co workers are noticing and some are starting to think I am stupid. I am not on Ritalin and because I didn't get tested when I used 5 months back I got lucky. I won't be lucky this time around, are there any updates on Ritalin or concerts coming back positive on the hair drug tests.

 
Old 07-27-2012, 10:52 PM   #17
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Re: nervous about ritalin and drug testing

You have a LEGITIMATE disorder that needs to be treated & the way its treated is through medication. I would bet theres NO WAY they can fire you for treating a disorder you have. It would be discrimination & they could get into trouble. Its not like Ritalin hinders your ability to do your job right? If anything it makes you do your job better probably!! I mean whether its Valium or Xanax for an anxiety disorder or seizure disorder, or Vicodin for a broken bone or some other injury, almost EVERYONE at some point in their lives will have to take some sort of medication thats "mood altering." It would be ridiculous for them to fire you cuz your on ritalin!! I will say this though, if you do end up getting tested & you are on the medication, you MUST TELL THEM UP FRONT. Not telling them would more then likely be grounds to fire you. By the way, if the drug tests are done at a lab, then they WILL CHECK FOR RITALIN. If its one of those 5-minute at home tests, then the test probably wont check for it. Why dont you just ask your superiors if its okay?? The worst they could say is "No your not alowed to take that." At least then you'd know FOR SURE. Try to do that. And let us know how it turned out too!! Good luck brotha!!

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:33 AM   #18
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Re: nervous about ritalin and drug testing

Don't worry. I have been through several drug tests when applied to different jobs over the years (while on Concerta and Ritalin) never had a problem.

Another person from my family takes Adderall and was tested. It showed up, and when asked about it by HR, he provided a note (from his Doctor) stating that it is a prescribed medication for a health condition. I am not sure if it was detailed out that it was for ADD. He got the job he applied for (business professional).

ADD is recognized as a disability and covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so you can't be fired.

 
Old 10-18-2012, 02:54 AM   #19
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Well I took Ritalin a few month back and passed my det entrance exam and my job did not give me a random test at this time, now I am a detective doing cases and I am having a hard time organizing and writing reports. My co workers are noticing and some are starting to think I am stupid. I am not on Ritalin and because I didn't get tested when I used 5 months back I got lucky. I won't be lucky this time around, are there any updates on Ritalin or concerts coming back positive on the hair drug tests.
you have nothing to worry about except the very small possibility of showing up as false positive for meth or amphetamines. ritalin is something that has to be tested for individually and will not show up on any standard urine drug screen.

if by some odd chance you do happen to show up as falsely positive for meth/amphetamine, just let HR or the drug screening folks know that you would like to have the test confirmed by the GC/MS test (pretty flawless confirmation test, will confirm or deny the presence of amphetamines or meth in your system.)..

you can also let HR or the drug screening person/company know that you're on a prescribed dose of ritalin, if you feel you can safely disclose this information. the ADA protects you from any termination based on the presence of this drug in your system, but only if the drug is prescribed for a legit medical reason. ideally they would use this information to overlook any presence of ritalin in your system..granted your employer is actually paying the extra bucks for the ritalin-specific test (not likely, especially in a government budget!). you may want to look into which company does the drug testing at your workplace so you can get more info on what tests they will be using on you. this way youll know whether its even necessary to disclose your medical information. i know in my own experience i wish i'd never told my boss that i was on medication to begin with..just because of the stigma!

frankly you have no more reason to be concerned about the ritalin than you do in taking OTC allergy meds or eating poppy seed bagels -- both of which can also cause false positives in the cheaper types of drug testing. if your work is using a reputable company to test their employees, however, standard procedure is to follow ANY positive result with a GC/MS confirmation test BEFORE they send a positive result back to the employer.

hope this helps! you should be fine!

 
Old 05-11-2013, 10:28 PM   #20
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Re: nervous about ritalin and drug testing

Here it goes, I still have not taken ritalin. I am on strattera which has only mild effects at best. I did pass a hair follicle test on strattera. My job uses hair testing from a reputable drug company , they do not test for ritalin however I am worried it may come in as a false positive in the hair test. Also I am reluctant to tell me job, I am a law enforcement officer and the people collecting the hair samples are police officers . Once the sample is collected they seal it in a bag, however the questionnaire is kept on file in the police station. I called my job psychologist last week and inquired about the procedures, anonymously of course. The psyche said that my Job would take my firearms away, even though I am a upstanding citizen with a family , been an officer well over a decade. And is one of the better officers in my dept. huge dept. this is really disturbing to be a upstanding citizen with a family and still threaten to take my livelihood away for a very manageable thing. Any advice , should I risk the ritalin? Strattera does nothing been on it for months, very mild at best.

 
Old 09-23-2013, 04:52 PM   #21
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Sannybelle, unfortunately there is no one to talk too. I have studied months and months for this new test , I forget everything I read. I have been studying for months and today it seems like I have never studied at all, I wrote to union rep but of course no response . It's been a year and I am still deciding if I should take ritalin. Very frustrating.

 
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