Drug testing, which compounds do they search for?

Dr. Guy-Dude

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Jun 27, 2018
    I ask this without fear of judgment or anything:

    When medical schools drug test, they're just looking for the regular things like marijuana, cocaine, etc., right? If a person has been taking a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM), basically a performance enhancer, would that show up on his or her drug test and cause them to flag him or her?


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      SARM are legally considered "unapproved drugs that have not been reviewed by the FDA for safety and effectiveness," and will be found in a large percentage of broad drug testing kits (for HS and College). There is also have legislation being considered that would make the DEA in charge of enforcing regulations on this as a drug. So when you get tested, you would have to
      1) list this is a drug you are taking, which would be admitting that you are taking an unapproved drug, which can bite you 4 years later when you apply to DEA for a controlled substances (prescription) license
      2) Not list the drug and be found out in a test, which would could be considered an ethical violation by the medical school and get you acceptance rescinded.

      Medical schools have to consider the standards and conditions that hospitals and clinics require for use of their facilities in training medical students. Therefore, most medical schools are "conservative" in this respect and will err on the side of caution.

      Let me also point out that despite the wide spread acceptance and perception of weed being legal in many states, it is still illegal through out the US by federal law which is enforced by the DEA, the same organization that issues controlled substances licenses to medical practitioners. I warn all students dont piss of the DEA.
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