You must plan ahead for testing, both to insure that you arrive at the testing site with sufficient time to test before the end of the testing period. Testing often will be by urine sample, so you must be prepared to give an undiluted sample - which means you must limit your intake of water and other fluids in the hours prior to the test.
It is also the participant's obligation to protect their body from contact with persons or substances which may cause a positive test. (Eating poppy seed muffins, taking over the counter medications or being in a location where marijuana smoke might be inhaled are not excuses which will avoid a sanction for a "dirty" test).
Please be reminded that testing will be regular and occasionally random. A positive test for any drug, alcohol or "illegal" substance will be a "dirty" test for which a sanction will be imposed. A missed test (because of being late or absent) will be a "dirty" test for which a sanction will be imposed. Any evidence suggesting an attempt to defraud the testing process by "diluting", adulterating, flushing or any other efforts to mask or change a test result will be both a "dirty" test for which a sanction will be imposed and grounds for termination.
All participants should be careful what food and medications they ingest. Some food and medications can result in positive drug tests. "I ate poppy seed muffins" or "I had a cold and used Nyquil" will not be acceptable excuses for a positive test. You are responsible for what is in your system.
Participants may not take any prescription medications without prior approval of Probation and/or HCA. Over the counter drugs and herbal medications should also be approved before use. The following medications, and/or medications containing any of the following substances are prohibited: Vicks Nasal Spray, ephedrine, dextromethorphan, psuedoephedrine, diphenhydramine (Benedryl, or other "PM" medications). Also prohibited are any medications or mouthwashes which contain alcohol. The following herbs or herbal medications are prohibited; Valerian root, Kava Kava, St. John's Wort, Golden Seal, Ma Huang, Q Carbo. The following foods are prohibited; items containing poppy seeds, certo and items with concentrated niacin.
The team will not approve medications containing narcotics, other medications of abuse or dependence, and medications which will result in positive tests.