10 Perfectly Legal Substances That Can Result in a Failed Drug Test

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It seems drug testing is all the rage these days. Not only is it the politically-correct thing to do, it also makes a lot of money for the medical industry and testing laboratories. No sane person would argue that it is not important to have airline pilots, truck drivers and others employed in high-risk professions free of the influence of drugs, but what about the rest of us? Is it that important for the guy working at a manufacturing plant making adult diapers to be “drug free?” Nobody should be showing up for work high (or drunk!) no matter what they do, but why has it become so important to employers to know what their employees do when they’re not at work if it does not affect their on-the-job performance? Whether we like it or not, drug testing is the reality for many people in the job market, and it’s helpful to know that there are certain legal substances out there that can cause you to fail a drug test. Here are some of them.

1. Novocaine and Lidocaine

Visiting your dentist or doctor for a procedure that involves any kind of surgery (even minor) or dental work may not be the best idea if you will be taking a drug test in the near future. Both of these are commonly used as anesthetics by dentists and doctors and may cause a drug test to indicate that you are a user of cocaine. That tends to be a real deal-killer when it comes to landing that new job or hanging onto the one you’ve already got.

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