I started back on Phentermine on the 22nd of March. I was accepted for a job shortly thereafter and was told to come in for a drug test a few days later. I had remembered reading somewhere that Phen can show up in a drug test as amphetamine so I made sure to bring it with me. Well early on the morning of the drug screen, I also had a vet appointment for my husky and didn’t even think about it, and I took a pill right after waking up. So my drug screen was at 1 p.m. I went, I told the nurse about the Phen. She made a copy of my ** bottle. The immediate test came up positive for amphetamine (as expected). And because of protocol, she had to split my urine and send it off to another lab for a more thorough test. So I JUST got the call back from the Medical Review Officer yesterday (I was told it would be a couple of days, whereas it was a week and I’m scheduled to start the job this coming Monday, the 23rd). So the MRO told me that, even when accounting for the Phen, I still showed up positive for amphetamine. He asked if I took a friend’s diet pill (why WOULD I?), or used some nasal spray. I said no, and I told him what else I was on (Sprintec Birth Control Pills and Levothyroxin for my hypothyroidism) and a multivitamin. He basically said okay then, well these are the results I have to report to the place I was hired at.
So in a panic, I called the HR department there and told them the situation. They said that since he hadn’t called them yet, they didn’t have a definitive answer but she would ask someone else after their meeting. I waited and got a phone call later that said that basically, I can pay to have another test done at another lab (for $150!!) since it was split test, or something, and only one tube was tested. If in the end, they get a positive result from the MRO, then I can’t work there. I asked if I could take a retest, and she said AFTER A YEAR. I’ve already turned in my notice to my place of employment now and they’ve already hired someone to take my place. While where I work now is a small business and would help me as much as possible, I know they won’t be able to afford to keep me there.
I called the MRO back and mentioned the multivitamin that I was one was one for metabolism, and (as I suspected) he said nothing OTC could cause it to show up. He said since there was no other explanation, he would have to report back what he got. I pretty much started crying while at work.
I don’t know if anyone else has come across this problem. I still haven’t heard back a definitive answer from the institution I was hired at, but I’m going to go ahead and assume that I’m not going to get it. I’m no scientist, but I’m wondering if the Phen metabolized in me a certain way that it made amphetamine show up on its own, like as if I had taken Ritalin or something. I’m also wondering if I should have just said “yes” to taking a friend’s diet pill or using some nasal spray. I just didn’t feel like lying would be a good way to start off, but I also didn’t know if they would even check that out.
I’m just sort of at a loss. This new job would be paying $3 more than what I’m making now, plus have all sorts of benefits. I had planned to buy a house and get married this year. But it looks like neither of those things are going to happen now. Is there any legal action I can take?