9 Everyday Items That Can Make You Fail A Drug Test (#6 – Seriously?!)


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5. Tonic Water

Are you kidding? That’s what we said when we found out about this! The truth is, tonic water, which is also known as quinine water, was originally made as a means of delivering quinine from South America. Drinking tonic water can lead to a false positive for opiates. According to a study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, drinking even a few gin and tonics the night before can be enough to cause you to fail a drug test the next day.


6. Vitamin B Supplements

Many natural herbs that contain vitamin B2, or vitamin B complex supplements, can lead to a false positive. This is because most commercial B2 supplements (also known as riboflavin) are synthetic. These are made from the fermentation of a particular plant, or they can be products of hempseed oil. As you might have figured out, this will give you a false positive for marijuana. Avoid taking vitamin B supplements until you know you have passed your drug test.


7. Ibuprofen

This every day, over-the-counter pain killer might be your first choice when it comes to relieving pain, but you should try Tylenol or plain old aspirin if you plan to take a drug test within 48 hours. This is because little old ibuprofen can cause you to test positive for barbiturates, marijuana, or benzodiazepines. The Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a review in 2008 which found that typical NSAIDS, like ibuprofen, can lead to false positive drug tests.


8. Poppy Seeds

Many people enjoy poppy seeds in their muffins and bagels, but wait just a minute! If you plan to take a drug test in the near future, you should skip those delicious favorites until your first day on the job. Poppy seeds contain tiny traces of opiates, such as the kind found in codeine and opium. After eating something containing poppy seeds, you can test positive for these drugs for as long as 48 hours. It’s best to skip the poppy seeds for now, and enjoy some sesame seeds or sunflower seeds in the meantime.


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9. Granola Bars

Some snack bars, breakfast bars, and granola bars contain — you guessed it — hemp seeds. This seems to be especially prevalent in granola bars that contain smoke flavors, honey mustard, Thai sweet chili, roasted jalapeno, or honey smoked flavors, but hemp seeds can actually be in anything. Although granola bars and snack bars all pass the USDA testing standards, if you eat these regularly, you might test positive for marijuana.

With such poor testing results, drug testing seems like an alarmist reaction that is more fluff than substance, but that is not the point of this article. We simply want to alert our readers to the fact that common substances can lead to false positives, so it is best to avoid these foods and other items for the time being. We can tackle drug testing later.






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