Hi, I'm new here and I have a question that may seem easy to you, but I am baffled by it.
Recently, I failed a drug screen (urine test) for cocaine. However, I am NOT a cocaine user. Since I didn't believe that I had failed, I went to an independant testing facility and had a Hair Specimen test performed. Again, it tested positive for cocaine.
BUT... and this had the owner of the company stumped as well as I am, and please treat me like a 3 year old and try and expalin this to me. While the cocaine tests positive at a level of 300pg/mg, both metabolites are negative those being Benzoylecgonine and Cocaethylene. His response to the results were and I quote, "This is strange, since you test positive for cocaine in the past 90 days which was the time frame involved in the testing, yet you show no metabolites for the substance."
As I stated, I am not a user, but! my son and his girlfriend are crack smokers and although they were told NOT to smoke that crap in my house, I feel with certainty they were behind closed doors. I have also learned that they would take powder and cook it on spoons into crack with baking soda over my gas stove when I was asleep at night. Is it possible that I may have come into contact with cocaine by way of inadvertent exposure? such as? handling and cleaning utinsils that I found in and around the house that they cooked their crack in? Could I have come in contact by breathing the same air? (Keep in mind that their use was huge, like 2,000.00 a day habits) Is it possible that if they cleaned out those little glass tubes they smoked out of in my ash trays, and I used the ashtrays without cleaing them, that I may have ingested cocaine without realizing it? Some of these what if's were posed to me by my children that are not drug abusers as to how or why I may have come in contact sufficiently to fail a drug screen.
But it still leads me back to the first and most important question that I am posing. How come, if I tested positive for cocaine, both in a urine test and then in a hair strand test are their no metabolites present in either case? I hope someone with actual knowledge by way of education can answer this question for me.
Could someone also explain what this means?
Hair Quantitative Results:
Cocaine 1899 pg/mg is this a high level? a low level? what exactly does that mean. I've googled till my fingers are bleeding trying to get the meanings behind this result. I would appreciate as much help on this as I can get.
Thanks, and thank you for this forum. Pritzie