What happens when you fail a drug test?

failing drug tests, there are a variety of situations in which this can happen. We are going to focus on failing a drug test in the workplace. The consequences of failing a drug test will depend on your employer’s or potential employers’ policy on drug testing and the state laws. Potentially, your employer could fire you, and a potential employer can refuse to hire you. If you fail a drug test, state laws can also allow your employer to deny you unemployment, worker’s compensation or disability benefits. Not every employer has a zero-tolerance though, so you may have a second chance. They may send you on a rehabilitation, or employee assistance program, providing you with time and the opportunity to get help. If you continue to use drugs, or refuse this help, then that may result in you losing your job too. Many people ask whether they can get arrested for failing a drug test. In general, this is unlikely. Again, it can depend on the state you are in. The federal authorities promote rehabilitation rather than punishment, so an arrest is unlikely. However, if you’re caught using or carrying drugs while at work, this could result in you being arrested (and most likely losing your job too). With lots of ifs and buts, and different rules and varying legislation when it comes to employee drug screening, the best idea is to be on the safe side and steer clear of anything which could hinder your job performance.]]>

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