How Often Does The YMCA Perform Drug Test? – Is It Random Or Systematic?


Young Men’s Christian Association prohibits the illegal use, possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of drugs. In relation to this all members of this organization are summoned for testing drugs.


How often does the YMCA perform drug tests? This can become a very imposing question, especially to those who would like to be a member of the said organization. The YMCA strictly prohibits their members from using, possessing, and/or selling of illegal drugs that are, more often than not, detrimental to the health of not only the person using but also the people around their vicinity. Not only is the YMCA bent on stopping illegal drugs from getting a foothold onto their organization but they are also considering addictive use of alcoholic beverages to be a part of the test as well. That having been said, we also need to tackle what a drug testing session will comprise of as well as the procedure that the member of the YMCA organization will undergo in order to get the procedure and, hopefully, pass it without any hitches. There is some debate over this procedure though since there are some legality issues with regard to the issuance of these tests. Them being that a person has the right to his own dignity and privacy. Also, before being inducted as a member of the said organization, one must show core values of responsibility and discipline so there is also a question as to the relevance of the test. But be that as it may, the organization believes that a drug test to suspected members is very much relevant and is also an important part of maintaining their image and reputation in the community as honest and trustworthy people.

Is it random or systematic?

So, how often does the YMCA perform drug tests? Well, the organization doesn’t really have an exact date and schedule as to when they are going to conduct drug tests among their members because that would essentially defeat the purpose of the test. The key components of the test lie on three things. The first of the three would be the element of surprise. The test should at a date that no one from the organization is aware of except for the people who have issued that the test be conducted. This will ensure for accurate results since the members will not have any time to flush out the drugs if they have been taking any recently. The second key component would be the accuracy of the specimen that is being used to do the test. The specimen would be the urine of the person being tested. The most important thing to remember is that the specimen should not be contaminated with any extraneous factors and that the specimen should be the actual persons own urine. The reason that is being emphasized is that there has already been precedence that people who have been told that a drug testing session will be done on that day and also know how the inner workings go will try to ask urine from people who are known to be non-users thereby exempting them from getting a positive result. That having been said, the people who are in charge of the test should make sure that they actually see the persons urine being put into the container before giving the OK for the test to be done. After the test has been done, all the person being tested needs to do is to wait for the results to come in and see where they go from there. People who get a negative result will be able to stay with the program since they have accomplished their end of the agreement but people who get a positive result from the test will automatically be summoned and informed that they are removed from the program for the use of illicit drugs.

People who get a positive result from the test would usually be 90% real drug users but there is actually a minority of 10% that get a positive result but have not taken any illegal drugs in their life. The reason behind this anomaly might be because of the physician prescribed medication that the member is taking to treat a disease or illness. There are a handful of prescription drugs out there that give a false-positive result during a drug test and there is no way around them because the equipment will really get a read on the markers of these drugs. So in order to get this straightened out, the person who is going to be tested should inform the tester ahead of time so that they will be able to put on the notes that the positive markers present on the drug test after the procedure has been done is due to the drug that the person is using. This is a special case and will only be granted to people who have a written prescription from their physician that they are indeed taking the medication in question to treat a disease. If no prescription can be shown for whatever reason, the physician who is believed to have prescribed the medication should be asked directly to confirm the legitimacy of the claim. If none of these can be accomplished by person to be tested, the tester will consider the results as a positive one and not false-positive.


When people hear that a drug test will be issued on a given day, the initial reaction would be to drink a lot of water for people who know that they have something to hide. This is actually a very valid and effective way to flush out chemicals in your body that are not supposed to be there. For most drugs this actually works but it usually doesn’t work for people taking marijuana because it can leave its traces in the body for 45 days and more. More potent diuretics might be able to give the person being tested a chance but it’s unlikely.

So as a conclusion to the question how often does the YMCA perform drug tests, the answer would depend on the circumstances and if the suspicion of drug use is really high.