Common Utah Over-the-Counter Medications can Cause False Positives on Drug Tests

Clayton Simms, Criminal Defense Attorney, on the topic of  Drugs in Utah, Evidence
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The result of a drug test may be positive, but that does not mean that the one being tested used the alleged substance. The test may have revealed a false positive. There are many reasons for a false positive result on a drug test. The lab that performs the test may have tainted the sample, the lab may also have poor quality equipment or lab technicians, or you may another type of medication or food in your system that taints the results. Some Utah’s most commonly prescribed and OTC drugs that can cause a false positive on a drug test are:

  • Vitamin B2 – (THC false positive)
  • Tylenol 3 – (may detect traces of opiates)
  • Robitussin DM – (Heroin, Opiates, Morphine false positives)
  • Adderall – (could, as an amphetamine show a false positive for Meth)
  • Ibuprofen – (false positive for THC/Marijuana)

A longer list can be found at this AskDocWeb article as well as a long list of references providing information on the numerous types of false positives. If you have incorrectly failed a drug test it is important to contact a top Utah criminal defense attorney who can accurately prove in court that your diet or use of vitamins and prescription medication may have created an inaccurate result. A failed drug test could cause you to be fired from your job, prevent you from applying for new jobs, impose large fines and perhaps even create jail time. Therefore, having an Utah criminal lawyer equipped to deal with a false positive drug test is important in maintaining your job and life.

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  1. Lilia says:

    Thanks for this post! I find that drug tests help a lot in the practice.

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