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pre employment drug test positive for benzos

#1 Post by brickwall » Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:52 pm

I have just completed my AC medical and my drug test screened positive for benzos. I had a prescription for valium from over a year ago to help me sleep at night. I took a pill 2 weeks ago and prior to that it was months before the last time I took it. I explained to the nurse the reason and highlighted the fact that it is not frequent nor habitual use. Apparently my urine is lab bound for further testing. My question is will this be a guaranteed refusal for employment? I would understand if someone is a drug abuser but would having taken a single pill in the last 2months stop me from being hired?

I would gladly throw them out and agree to bimonthly screening for as long as the company wanted to prove it is not being used or abused.
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Re: pre employment drug test positive for benzos

#2 Post by FL020 » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:17 am

Wonder how acpa would handle that one!!?
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Re: pre employment drug test positive for benzos

#3 Post by LTD » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:53 am

Brickwall,

Check your pm..
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Re: pre employment drug test positive for benzos

#4 Post by TheStig » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:08 am

FL020 wrote:Wonder how acpa would handle that one!!?
I'm not sure what your problem with ACPA is? I think everyone can agree it's not perfect, but I don't understand why everyone seems to fault ACPA for absolutely everything? Do you understand that a union can only defend its members? ACPA can't protect pilots before they're hired. Air Canada alone decides who it hires.

Brickwall, you're not an abuser further testing should show that, best of luck. The testing is pretty sensitive and there are not shortage of pilots who get hung up for a short period of time while things get sorted out, if you can, try to follow up with the medical department to make sure things get sorted out.
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Re: pre employment drug test positive for benzos

#5 Post by acpoolie » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:18 am

Do you mind sharing when u interviewed? Care to share credentials? I am in the middle of the pack in the pool but don't think they are going in order now. Thanks!
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Re: pre employment drug test positive for benzos

#6 Post by Chuck Finley » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:16 am

Might be a good idea to find a copy of your prescription or a note from the dr. who prescribe it to you and sharing that info with AC's medical folks!
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Re: pre employment drug test positive for benzos

#7 Post by brickwall » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:29 am

Thanks for the PM LTD.

Questions answered thanks folks.
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#8 Post by Norwegianwood » Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:43 pm

TheStig wrote:fault ACPA for absolutely everything? Do you understand that a union can only defend its members?
Only when it suit's them! :twisted:

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Re: pre employment drug test positive for benzos

#9 Post by pigboat » Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:40 pm

FYI

Over the last five years there have been several candidates rejected AND reported to the MOT due to failing drug screenings. Sometimes drugs can be detected months after your last exposure. Keep this in mind before a new hire medical.
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Re: pre employment drug test positive for benzos

#10 Post by seniorpumpkin » Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:19 pm

Is the AC medical department against all 'drugs'?
I take a low dose steroid to control asthma, TC says it's fine. Should I be worried when/if big red ever calls?
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