How Long Drugs Stay In Your System

smoke_cloudWhen faced with an impending drug test, many users’ first instinct is to figure out how to beat it. This is perfectly understandable as there is often a lot riding on the results of a drug test, including future or current employment, and for some people, even the chance to avoid jail. Most people therefore turn to cleaning or masking “solutions” that they find in drug related magazines or over the Internet.

Unfortunately, very few of these so-called “solutions” actually provide any benefit, and the very few that do may not work in the way that you expect. Some solutions marketed as “miracle cleansers” or “overnight flushing systems” little more than repackaged diuretics with a few other added ingredients. For the vast majority of these products, there is little sense in paying 3 times as much for diuretics you can get for much cheaper at a pharmacy, and whose effectiveness is suspect in the first place.

Worst still, some of the “cleansing solutions” or “masking solutions” you can buy contain ingredients that most drug testing agencies are familiar with and routinely screen for. When you hand in a sample and these substances are detected, you may as well have walked into the testing facility smoking a fat doobie!

The many home remedies you may have read of on the Internet may not provide much benefit either. Mostly drawn from street drug user lore unsubstantiated by anything remotely resembling actual science, some of these methods can be very dangerous (water intoxication, anyone?) and totally ineffective.

If all this seems to paint a dismal picture of your chances of beating a drug test…well, it should. Drug testing is a very serious matter, and most of them are designed to be as difficult to beat as possible. However that doesn’t mean that you don’t have any options left. One of the most important things you can do to avoid a “positive” result is to get off drugs as soon as possible, in the hopes of getting all traces out of your system before you have to submit yourself for testing.

Of course in order to do that, it would help to know how long drugs will remain in your system. Here’s a list of some of the drugs most commonly tested for and how long you can expect to have them detectable in a drug test.

Alcohol  – Will be detectable for 3 to 5 days in your urine, 90 days in your hair, and 10 to 12 hours in your blood.

Amphetamines Will be detectable for 1 to 3 days in your urine, 90 days in your hair and 12 hours in your blood.

Barbiturates – Will be detectable for 2 to 4 days in your urine, up to 90 days in your hair and 1 to 2 days in your blood.

Cannabis / Marijuana – Will be detectable for 7 to 30 days in your urine, up to 90 days in your hair, and two weeks in your blood.

Cocaine – Will be detectable for 3 to 4 days in your urine, up to 90 days in your hair, 1 to 2 days in your blood.