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quisp Donating Member (926 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:22 PM
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drug test question
I appplied for a part time job and had to submit urine and hair samples. I'm wondering about details of the hair test. How long does residue last? Is it how fast the hair grows. They took underarm hair ('cuz the dome is chrome) and I'm only slightly worried :smoke:

any details would be appreciated.
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ogradda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:27 PM
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1. I just had to do that for a job too.
follical tests detect drugs up to 90 days.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:29 PM
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2. hair sample for a part time job?
what the hell does it pay that they go to the expense of urine and hair samples? that`s expensive as hell just for a part time job...hair sample tests are not that legit but unless the company ops for the really expensive tests. unfortunately they will use the results of the cheaper test. well good luck
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:29 PM
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3. Have read that hair on the head grows at about 1/2 inch per month.
Pit hair, don't think I've ever read anything on, but figure it is probably about the same, with the difference that some mechanism usually makes it stop growing at a predetermined length.
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quisp Donating Member (926 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:35 PM
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4. so wouldn't that be fur? heheh
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:36 PM
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5. Havocdad does refer to his 'furry places' when he wants a back scratch
:)
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:58 PM
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6. This is something I know about.
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 01:00 PM by hang a left
Normally they take head hair which grows at about 1 centimeter a month. So a normal test would represent about 90 days. Underarm hair grows much slower. The sample could represent up to 9 months.

They test for marijuana, opiates, methamphetamine, cocaine, amphetamine.

If you are worried about being positive for marijuana. I wouldn't fret too much. The chemical in marijuana doesn't deposit itself into the follicle as much as other drugs. Even chronic users will come up under the cut-off amounts. Therefore having a negative result. I'd be more worried about the urine test if you are a chronic marijuana user, as you can still have a positive test 30 days after the cessation of usage.

Cocaine is just the opposite. The chemical in the drug leaves heavy deposits in the follicle. If you have used this drug even casually (meaning more that just a few times in the last 6-9)it is highly possible that you will come back positive.

The thing about hair follicle tests is that if you have just used the drugs a couple of times recreation ally your test will come back negative. It is really more of a test that will tell someone whether or not you are a regular drug user.

As far as the urine test goes. Even if you are a total meth-head if you quit using for 3-4 days your urine will test negative. So it is not a adequate test to accurately depict someone's lifestyle. That is the reason for the hair follicle test.

If you have any specific questions, I will try to answer them.

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quisp Donating Member (926 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:10 PM
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7. thanks for all the info...
I'm not really too worried about the drug test; no coke, no meth, a toke or 2 about 3 years ago.

I was thinking about it since I'd never cut my underarm hair and I didn't know anything about hair tests.

thanks again.
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