Does CVS Drug Test?

 UPDATED: May 4, 2023   |  0 Comments

Yes, CVS drug tests for the majority of company positions, but whether a drug test is performed also depends on the job location. 

The CVS careers website does not specifically discuss drug testing. However, the CVS Code of Conduct states: “We are committed to providing an alcohol-free and drug-free work environment. The unauthorized use, possession, sale, exchange or purchase of drugs or illegal substances on Company premises, or at any time 

when representing the Company, is strictly prohibited. Likewise, the unauthorized use, possession, sale or exchange of alcohol on Company premises or at any time when representing the Company is strictly prohibited, 

except when associated with an approved business meal or legitimate business event. 

Prescription drugs ordered by a physician, which do not interfere with job performance, are permitted. We should never come to work under the influence of alcohol, drugs (including 

lawfully prescribed drugs) or any other substance that could impair our ability to perform our job or jeopardize the safety of others.”

This information was obtained after hours of research from various websites with answers from current and former CVS employees, the CVS careers website, and the CVS Code of Conduct.

What Type of Drug Test Does CVS Use?

Our research indicates that CVS uses urine drug tests.

Urine drug tests, including the instant varieties, can range from four-panel to sixteen-panel. The number of panels means the number of substances that are tested for. The specific substances that are tested can vary depending on the type of test used. Five-panel is the most commonly used.

Five-panel urine drug tests test for:

  • Marijuana/Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines
  • Phencyclidine

It has been reported that CVS uses a 9-panel urine screen. These drug tests are paid for by CVS and are performed at an independent laboratory.

When Does CVS Drug Test?

Our research indicates that CVS drug tests pre-employment and also if there is suspicion of substance use or in the event of a workplace accident. There have also been reports of random drug testing from current and former employees.

CVS Drug Testing Process

How Long Do CVS Drug Test Results Take?

Current and former employees report that drug screens take a few days to a week to result.

What Happens if you Fail a Drug Test at CVS?

Failing a pre-employment drug test at CVS can prevent you from getting hired. Failing a random drug test at CVS can lead to disciplinary action, including termination.

Does CVS Call You if You Fail a Drug Test?

Yes. Current and former employees reported that you will be notified by email or phone call..

Employee Drug Testing Policies for CVS

Does CVS Drug Test Seasonal Employees?

Many current and former seasonal CVS employees report that drug testing was conducted.

Does CVS Drug Test Warehouse Employees?

Many current and former CVS distribution employees report that drug testing was conducted.

Does CVS Drug Test Employees?

Our research indicates that drug testing varies by position and location. For example, cashiers at certain locations do not get a drug test upon hire, yet drug testing is performed on cashiers at other locations. Current and former employees report that positions in the pharmacy and management are subject to drug testing. Drug testing is also required if there is suspicion of drug use and for on-the-job accidents.

Does CVS Drug Test For a Promotion?

Current and former CVS employees report that drug testing is performed for a promotion to management or when going from part-time to full-time.

Does CVS Drug Test if You Get Injured on the Job?

Yes, CVS requires drug tests after on-the-job accidents. This is consistent with most companies who drug test after accidents in the workplace that result in damage to properties or injury within the workplace. This is for liability reasons as a positive drug test would void any potential worker’s compensation claims.

Marijuana Drug Testing at CVS

Does CVS Drug Test For Weed?

Of the positions and locations that drug test, THC panel is included in the drug screen.

Does CVS Accept a Medical Marijuana Card?

Some current and former employees report that medical marijuana is not accepted. Others state that whether medical marijuana is accepted depends on the manager, but they also say that medical marijuana is definitely not accepted for pharmacy positions.

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