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Re: New job... drug test required and how to explain

Posted by Mitch on September 28, 2001, at 0:30:04

In reply to New job... drug test required and how to explain, posted by TomV on September 27, 2001, at 22:17:19

> I'm on the verge of possibly moving on to a new job. The job requires drug testing. I haven't told anyone in the interview process or on any application about my depression nor any meds that I'm taking (Celexa and xanax). I prefer not to say anything, but I'm afraid someone I report to will find out (don't know how likely this is, but I guess it's a possibility). I really don't want my superiors to have any preconceived notions about me before I even start the job.
> Should I say I'm taking the drugs for something like a "sleep disorder", or something that steers them away from the real reason? Or should I come clean? I don't think there's a chance of me not being able to perform my job and my employer accusing me of not telling the truth in the application process.
> Any advice on how to handle this dilema? I'm a financial professional in a supervisor position looking to move into a similar position.
> TomV

Hi Tom,

I don't think they are going to *find* the Celexa (because they prob. won't be looking for it or will not be willing to spend the money to find it), but they *will* find the Xanax in there. So don't mention depression (that's far worse-trust me-they will think of you needing to take off because of it etc.-sad but true), as far as explaining the Xanax the best thing is just tell them you are taking it short-term for insomnia and anxiety related to job-hunting. That's my best bet. It's sad that people are discriminated against, but folks with depression will be.
good luck
on new job,




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