I have a little story to tell, with a warning that may be useful to someone someday.
Let me start with a character portrayal. A character portrayal of a guy. This guy is a serious athlete. He trains hard and plays hard at his chosen sport, something called Roller Hockey. If you have ever watched Ice Hockey it is very similar but is played wearing inline wheeled skates on a hard surface. Having said that this guy is also getting quite serious about ice hockey. Playing roller hockey he has represented GB as a junior and is now trying to make inroads into the senior (mens) GB team. They are very fast and he has not been selected, yet! So this guy cares about his body and his performance when playing. Oh, and did I mention, he is my son.
So two days ago he went for a job interview. No problem, you have got the job, we just want you to take this drugs and alcohol test. Two hours later; sorry your have failed the drug test, opiates in your urine !!! We were stunned. Has our shining super hero (
) gone to the dark side? Of course not, but what has happened?
He is using cream for a minor fungal infection, The ingredients were examined and nothing looked suspicious. After much head scratching he looked at breakfast. Bingo. Hovis seeded bread. It is covered in poppy seeds, and what do poppy seeds do? Cause a false positive in drugs tests, thats what they do. Google it, it is well known to certain elements of the population, but not us squeaky clean types. This stuff is on open sale with no indication that it can seriously bugger up your day if you are going for a drugs test
So you have been warned, drugs tests are becoming more prevalent so I am told. Watch out for those poppy seeds
My son? Oh the prospective employer has readily agreed to a re-test. He has to wait 48 hours for the nasties to clear out from his system, and then hopefully he can join the ranks of the gainfully employed.