The Ways People Try to Cheat and Pass Drug Tests
Addiction manifests itself in different ways from one person to the next. While the infrequent drug abuser may reconsider smoking a joint when they run the risk of failing a random drug test at work, that won’t hinder the addict. Someone who is truly dependent on a substance will use it regardless of its negative side effects. Even a routine, scheduled drug test isn’t a hindrance for many who don’t see a way to get by without drugs.
How Long Do Drugs Stay in the Body?
The first thing that enters an addicts mind when they want to use but have a drug test in their future is to use anyway. The second thing is how they’ll pass their drug test. This thought is generally followed with the question of how long the substance they’re abusing will stick around in their body. It should be noted that most people reference this in terms of blood or urine tests, the latter of which is the most common method of testing. However, drugs actually stay in your body as a whole for a long time, even if they aren’t detected in certain ways. For example, most drugs can still be found in your hair follicles months after your last use, but they won’t likely be present in your bloodstream after a few days. The likelihood of popping positive for a substance when you haven’t used any drugs is around 5 to 10 percent.
Amphetamines remain in the urine for one to three days; cocaine can stick around for up to four days and methamphetamine up to six days. Heroin and most prescription opioid pain relievers generally won’t appear in the urine after four days from the last use. Alcohol should be depleted from the urine with three to five days. Among all substances, it responds best to flushing the system with liquids in an effort to excrete remnants of it, and this process may aid in speeding up the detox timeline.
Although drugs and alcohol leave the bloodstream even more quickly than the urine, it should be noted that passing a blood test within a day or two of use is highly unlikely due to the ability to accurately measure exactly how much of a substance is in the bloodstream. Nearly every substance can be present in hair follicles up to three months after the last use. Saliva and sweat tests are not very common, and their results are iffy as they are less sensitive to substance presence, making errors more probable.