Hair Test Came Back Positive At Swift

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Bubb Rubb's Comment
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This week just went from good to bad. I have never once in my life done any type of amphetamine; So I was dumbfounded when Swift called me to say my hair follicle test came back positive for them. I didnt know what to say. I cant think what I took that would make me test positive for it ( But It sure as heck wasn't Meth.) I got in touch with my doctor and he said I have nothing prescribed that would make me test positive. I'm losing my mind here. The Doctor at swift said that my urine came back negative. He said the results were not reported to the clearinghouse, so I hope this doesn't ruin my chances as ta career before they even started. Can anyone offer me some advice? I don't know what to do. The doctor said he would ask swift if they could do some additional testing.

Rob T.'s Comment
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This is in regards to urine but it may be useful for you.

Certain antidepressants (such as bupropion, fluoxetine, trazodone, or selegiline), antihistamines, nasal inhalers, and cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine and/or promethazine can produce false-positive results for amphetamines on a urine drug screen. Always tell the clinicians about any prescription or over-the-counter medication you are taking

I've also heard Adderall and other ADHD meds will show positive.

PackRat's Comment
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As far as I know, all you can do at this point is ask for another test. Offer to pay for it out of your funds if it comes to that point.

Think long and hard on what you posted. Try to recall if there was anything that you have taken that may have registered a positive on the hair test. Anything.

Bubb Rubb's Comment
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I got off the phone with swifts doctor and he said that they arent going to report it to the FMCSA Clearing house. I Hope that means thats good. Im assuming im boned at swift. Im applying for PAM Transportation. I had a question. Do I need to answer yes to " In the past 2 years, have you tested positive, or refused to test on a pre-employment drug or alcohol test by an employer to whom you applied, but did not obtain safety-sensitive transportation work covered by DOT agency drug and alcohol testing rules in past three years, or have you tested positive or refused to test on any DOT-mandated drug or alcohol test? " ? Would it be lying if I said no even though they arent reporting it to the clearing house? Am I just screwed before I even got started?

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
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Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
PJ's Comment
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The hair folicle test you took is a preemployment drug test and yes you would be lieing if you put no the way that question is worded.

PackRat's Comment
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Seems like if it were a false positive, you would be fighting for a retest. That's what I would be doing.

Bubb Rubb's Comment
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He only said he would ask for a another test after I brought up my use of Vapo-rub. he didn't seem like he wanted to give me another test before that. I Just want to get learning. I can barely get anyone on the phone.

Old School's Comment
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I Just want to get learning.

You have got a messed up situation. I take your word that you are not a user. But now you have failed a pre-employment drug test. Personally I would be spending money and time on trying to figure out what caused it and get the situation rectified. The only other option is to go get started somewhere that only does a urine test. What is going to happen if you fail another hair test? That is just going to compound your difficulties in getting started somewhere. I think you have to answer yes to the question posed, but you sure need to be prepared to provide some defense as to why you think it happened.

Eugene K.'s Comment
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Are you a gym rat by chance?

Some over-the-counter pre-workout supplements run a 3-5% risk of a false positive for amphetamines.

I would go back several months and write down every product you recall ingesting that wasn’t food or beverage. Any medicine, any supplement, anything.

Jammer a's Comment
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This is true if you work out and are on supplements you need to read them also certain herbal tea also

Are you a gym rat by chance?

Some over-the-counter pre-workout supplements run a 3-5% risk of a false positive for amphetamines.

I would go back several months and write down every product you recall ingesting that wasn’t food or beverage. Any medicine, any supplement, anything.

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