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As a pharmacy technician, you’re responsible for helping to ensure the accuracy, safety, and efficiency of medications that people rely on for their health and wellbeing. To support this mission and to ensure patient safety, many employers require pharmacy technicians to have a drug test before and during their employment.
Drug testing is a process used to detect the presence of drugs or alcohol in the body. It is typically performed by collecting a sample of the person’s urine, hair, or saliva. The sample is then tested to determine the presence or absence of certain drugs or alcohol.
Drug testing is an important part of patient safety and a requirement for many pharmacy technicians. It helps employers ensure that pharmacy technicians are not impaired while on the job and are able to provide safe, effective, and accurate services.
Drug testing also helps to protect the public by ensuring that medications are dispensed and handled appropriately. It helps to reduce the risk of errors and provides assurance that medications are not diverted or misused.
Drug tests usually screen for the following substances:
Some employers may also require technicians to submit to additional testing for other prescription medications.
If a pharmacy technician’s drug test is positive, their employer may take disciplinary action, which could include suspension or termination. Depending on the situation, the employer may also require the technician to enter into an employee assistance program or counseling.
If you’re a pharmacy technician and you’re required to take a drug test, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you pass:
Drug testing is an important part of pharmacy technician employment and patient safety. It helps to ensure that pharmacy technicians are not impaired while on the job and able to provide safe, effective, and accurate services. By following the tips above, you can ensure that you pass your drug test and continue to provide excellent services to the public.
If you have any questions or concerns about drug testing, be sure to speak to your employer.
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