The worst case scenario is you know you are clean and yet you end up getting a positive result in your drug test. So how can we avoid this scenario from happening?
Some guidelines to remember are the following; first, research whatever medication you are currently taking and if it can contribute in a false positive test. Sometimes, the most common drugs you are taking can make your test results positive. Examples of these medications are Advil, Dexatrim and Aleve which can be read as positive for Ecstasy and THC To make sure this doesn’t happen, skip the drugs at least 3 days before your scheduled drug test. The next step would be to consult with your doctor before taking the test. Fill up a form containing detailed information of all your over-the-counter medications that you are currently taking and the prescription for those medications, in this way, when the test becomes positive, your doctor will know that it is due to the medications you took and not because of illegal drug use.
Another useful guideline is watching the food you eat. Some foods can contribute to a positive test result. Examples are foods containing poppy seeds, such as muffins and bagels. If these foods are part of your daily diet, simply change them momentarily to decrease the chances of a false positive result. If you have been tested for many times with the same type of drug test and get a positive result always, try requesting for a different type of drug test.
So for example you have been tested positive for drug abuse using the urine drug testing method, ask to be tested for a blood or saliva drug test. Before being tested by a new type of drug test, make sure you mention all the foods and medications you recently took to your doctor since these factors may have contributed to your positive readings in the earlier drug tests. After you have done all these guidelines and still the test came back positive, you should talk with your doctor in looking into the test results. Gas chromatography and or Mass spectrometry are methods of doctors to get in-depth conclusions using your specimen and breaking it down to smaller components to give clarity.