Pre-Employment Drug Testing Up, Dangerous Trends in Trying to Pass Drug Tests
Many Americans who have been out of work for a year, two years or more, will have a harder time when they try to pass a drug test than their counterparts who are gainfully employed who may face a random drug test at work.
With some marked new stimulus to energy and other sectors of the industrial and manufacturing industries, it’s no surprise that pre-employment drug testing numbers are on the rise. While this is a welcome change from rising numbers in welfare drug testing, the fact still remains that many Americans who have been out of work for a year, two years or more, will have a harder time when they try to pass a drug test than their counterparts who are gainfully employed who may face a random drug test at work.
Because of this upward swing in drug testing across these job sectors, many job seekers are using dangerous methods to try to pass a drug test—methods that can be harmful to physical health. Among the most dangerous trends are overdosing on niacin to pass a drug test. Some test takers are intentionally taking too much vitamin B in an effort to fool rapid “cup style” drug tests that check creatinine levels, urine pH and specific gravity. But the dangers associated are great.
Taking too much niacin to pass a drug test can cause a number of serious problems, among which, according to MayoClinic.com, are severe flushing of the skin, dramatically increased heart rate, severe damage to the liver, vomiting, and more. Dr. Thomas Behrendeck, Ph.D., a noted cardiologist, states, “While it’s not possible to overdose on niacin simply by eating too many niacin-rich foods, taking too much over-the-counter or prescription niacin can be dangerous.”
Dr. Behrendeck adds, “(…) rumors falsely state that by taking a large amount of niacin, people can flush the chemicals that show they’ve used marijuana out of their bodies before they take a drug test. No studies have shown that niacin can do this, and this can be very dangerous because it may lead to niacin overdose.”
Given that no empirical data concludes that using niacin will help to pass a drug test, there’s no reason to put your health at risk. For those who need to learn how to pass a drug test for employment, there are much safer, more natural alternatives that can be discussed with healthcare professionals.
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