Everyone charged in D.C. Superior Court is required to submit a urine sample to test for drugs.  The good news is that even when the charge is marijuana, they don’t test for marijuana.  Say what?

That’s right.  Due to budget cuts, they don’t test for marijuana – even when the charge is marijuana.  Sure it’s ridiculous, but no one has complained either, so that’s the policy.

Superior Court does test for amphetamines, opiates (heroin, oxycodone), barbiturates, cocaine (crack and power), and PCP.  More good news, if you’re negative, in most cases, it’s one-n-done. Your drug testing is over.

Here’s what you need to know to pass the test.

  • Prescription medications sometimes cause a false positive. If you are using a prescription medication, you should bring your prescription bottle to show the intake officer.
  • Over-the-counter medications, including sinus and allergy treatments, can also cause false positives. Don’t use these products for 48 hours prior to your court case.
  • Don’t use any unusual health food products, anything you bought at GNC, or muscle-building products.  Don’t eat poppy seeds bagels either. Same species of plant produces heroin.

Watch out for “water loading” – an attempt to fool the testers by diluting your urine with water. A “water load” is considered a positive test. Don’t drink more than 8 ounces of any fluid – water, coffee, soda – on the day of your testing.  No grande lattes in the a.m. of your court date. What if you flunk your first test? No problem, but you will have to continue to test until you get 3 consecutive negative tests. If you can’t do it by yourself, Pretrial Services will place you into a drug treatment program. But positive tests may also violate the conditions of your pretrial release and effect the ultimate disposition of your case.  Discuss any concerns you have with your lawyer.

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