Hazy excuses from the drug-screening trenches

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Staffing agencies conduct lots of drug tests—and hear lots of excuses when applicants fail. Scott Morefield, of AtWork Personnel Services, recounts these in the company’s blog:

  • Most common after failed marijuana tests: “I was in the room with all my friends when they were doing it.”
  • From someone who tested positive for crystal meth: “I took a lot of Coricidin D the night before.” (The decongestant is one of the main ingredients in the illegal stimulant d-methamphetamine.)
  • Famous pre-test words that really were uttered: “Pot isn’t a drug, is it?”

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