Imagine the following situation: Over the weekend, you take an illicit substance, not as a junky or anything but just to have a good time. When you get to work on Monday, you're told that you need to take a urine drug test that day.
Is it time to start panicking, or is your pee clean in 24 hours? Here's a guide to whether you'll need to worry, as well as how you can be prepared for any surprise drug tests.
Drugs that leave the system in 24 hours
There are very few drugs you can take and still pee clean in 24 hours. LSD is one such drug, but it's rarely tested for anyway. You should also be safe if you've only passively inhaled marijuana smoke. Amphetamines can leave the system in a day, but they can also stick around for three days, so it's not worth taking the chance. Some barbiturates can also leave the body in a day, but this varies greatly depending on the exact compound being used.
In short, it's extremely likely that you won't pee clean after 24 hours. That said, not all drugs are necessarily tested for.
Drugs that are more likely to be tested for
The drugs that are most likely to be detected on a drug test are the SAMHSA-5 group of drugs. These comprise:
- Opiates (e.g., opium, heroin, codeine, morphine)
- Amphetamines (including meth and MDMA)
None of these drugs are likely to leave your system in just 24 hours, so you definitely need to be concerned.
Extended drug tests
Labs now offer extended drug tests to cover many previously undetected drugs. These typically involve many prescription drugs that are widely abused, such as oxycodone and valium. They also focus on chemicals that have become popular on the clubbing scene, often being sold as ecstasy.
If you can establish in advance that you won't be subject to an extended drug test, you may not need to worry about many substances. Otherwise, we strongly advise you take every precaution.
Getting ready to pee clean in 24 hours
If you need to take a short-notice drug test, it may not be possible to get a detox solution in time. It's therefore a good idea to buy one in advance and keep it handy at work.
For urine tests, your choice comes down to a detox drink or detox pills. Both these solutions work in much the same way by quickly flushing your urinary system clean. Detox pills tend to be more compact and lighter, so these may be more suitable for easy storage at work. Detox drinks, on the other hand, come in a range of great flavors, and some don't even need to be used with extra water.
Once you have your chosen solution in place, you will be ready for any surprise drug tests. These products take as little as an hour to become effective, and they stay effective for a few hours afterwards.