Originally Posted by adhdadd
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!