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Signs Your Employee Might be Trying to Cheat their Drug Test

If you require frequent drug testing of your employees, you might see some of them breaking into sweat on occasion. For years, frequent drug users have looked for ways to cheat drug tests. While some have been successful, others have failed miserably. If you’re an employer wondering if your employee is about to try to cheat a drug test, here are a few signs to look for:

1. Hair Dye to cheat Hair Follicle

The Internet boards are full of advice from drug users on how to cheat hair follicle testing. One popular method is hair dye that claims to cheat the test. Sadly, these don’t work. But if you spot your employees frantically trying to dye their hair – you might be on to something.

2. Hair Cuts to cheat Hair Follicle

In addition to hair dye, some boards encourage users to cut their hair, or nearly shave their heads, to rid the evidence of any drug use. However, a hair follicle will keep evidence of use for at least 90 days even when it grows back.

3. Torn Up Fingernails

New testing of the fingernails or toenails for drug use is said to be just as accurate and cheat-proof as hair follicle testing. The drugs in the blood stream end up in the nail beds. Users might try to tamper with their fingernails or toenails to rid evidence of drug use.

4. Tons and Tons of Water Drinking

“Water loading” is when an individual might drink tons and tons of water before a urine test. This age-old method assumes that the body can be “flushed” of the drugs quickly before a test.

5. Gulping Down The Vitamins

Some trying to cheat a urine test believe that taking vitamins will help dilute the drugs used, too. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really work either and can actually cause the body a lot of harm. If you see an employee double-fisting the vitamins and be on guard that something’s up.

This isn’t a conclusive list by any means, but it might help get you thinking about how to identify if your employee is using drugs and trying to cheat a drug test. Ring in and let us know if you’ve seen other ways people have tried to cheat a drug test around your office!

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