Post # 1
I’m soooo close to getting my first job, but I’m freaking out at this point. I interviewed last Wednesday and they requested my driving record, a credit report and a drug test. I was pretty worried about my driving record because in the 7 years of the report, I had 8 tickets (I had a lead foot as a teenager, who doesn’t?!), but my last ticket was 3.5 years ago (knock on wood). I have good credit and I don’t do drugs so I thought I was good to go on that end.
I got my drug test on Thursday and emailed all the other records that evening. The drug test results would take 48-72 hours so I was expecting to hear something by Tuesday since they had been super quick about everything else. I was freaking myself out and kept making things up about what could be going on. So yesterday I recieved an email that said the only thing holding up an offer was my drug test results and that the lab needed to speak with me. I was shocked and confused! So when I called they told me I tested positive for something and asked what prescriptions I was taking. I told them my birth control and that I occasionally took meds for migraines. When I read the migraine meds off, she said that’s what I tested positive for. She told me to send pics of the prescription label to her.
Well this is what I’m worried about now (obviously I can be a worrier lol). The prescription is from 2011 and says “use by 9/22/12”. Can I get in trouble for it being 3 years old and still using it?! I really want/need this job so I’m just so scared the littlest thing is going to screw it up!!
Post # 2
ksn1219: Why are you using meds that are 3 years old?
Post # 3
No, you shouldn’t get in trouble for it. As long as the prescription was prescribed to you and not someone else and has directions written saying something along the lines of “take as needed for migraines”, you’ve done nothing wrong. The expiration date only has to do with when the drug itself is no longer guaranteed to work effectively – it’s not illegal to take a medication past its expiration date, it’s just not always medically a good idea.
Post # 4
ksn1219: Lol no no no…you can only get in trouble for it if it doesn’t have your name on it. Meaning, if it’s prescribed by a doctor and you’re taking a medication that wasn’t prescribed to you, but maybe your S.O. or sibling, you can get in deep doo doo for that.
Other than that, you’re fine!
Post # 5
What were you tested positive for?
And you shouldn’t be using a perscription that expired 3 years ago for a couple of reasons. The drugs aren’t as effective and could be harmful after their expiration date.
Post # 6
They only want proof thst the drug that tested positive is legally prescribed to you.
Post # 7
Would it be possible to get a new Rx from your doctor like today and get it filled immediately so the pills are up to date? And yes pp are correct it’s one thing of they were like a month expired but 3 yrs is really pushing it (as far as medicine not having off effects)
Post # 8
acglandorf: In general you’re absolutely right. I used to be a pharm tech and certain medications have a shockingly long shelf life before deteriorating. I have a pretty good idea of what she probably takes based on the fact that they ‘flagged’ it, and it’s a medication that has been shown to maintain almost 100% of its efficacy even after several decades. Just a fun bit of info I thought I’d share. After working in a pharmacy, there are definitely some drugs at home I toss immediately after expiring and others I’m more lax about.
Post # 9
This really scares me! I’m also on migraine medicine and know how difficult this is. I personally feel like that’s an invasion of your privacy but then again if you want the job, I guess they have the right. I would just send it to them and not worry too much because once you are diagnosed with migraines, it doesn’t mean they magically go away because you stop taking the meds for a while. If I was asked that, I would just send them the name of the medication and my name on the prescription label and blurr everything else citing medical privacy other than yes, you were prescribed that medication. Good luck!
Post # 10
weatherbug: The experations date is only for potency. Drung never expire that just loose effect the older they get. So they may not work as well but the will not harm you.
Post # 11
I take a bunch of meds for migraines, but I told them everything I take OTC and prescription before I even took the test so they knew what I was going to have in my urine.
Post # 12
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I had the same issue and once I sent a picture of the bottle I was totally fine.
Post # 13
Nope, you can’t get in any trouble. I bet you’ll be fine.
Post # 14
ksn1219: you’ll be fine, they just want to see that it was prescribed to you.
Post # 15
All they care about is that is was prescribed to you by a doctor. I doubt they’ll care if it’s expired.