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May 17th, 2016 at 2:49am
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I am currently 22 ears old and when I was 16 I used marijuana 4 times. I also had one prescription drug (hydro) that wasn't prescribed to me. About 2 times a month since I was 16 I have been getting drunk. Will any of these things disqualify me?
  
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Re: Would this DQ me?
Reply #1 - May 17th, 2016 at 1:21pm
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I guess it could depend on the position you are seeking and the agency,  but...

I haven't really looked into federal agencies but on the county,  state,  and local level, I've yet to run into an agency that cares about undetected underage drinking. So you should be ok there, but I wouldn't frame it as "getting drunk twice a month". The marijuana probably won't trip you up either.  You were young and never made a habit of it.

The prescription drugs would be your biggest obstacle.  It may or may not be a DQ. I would think twice about disclosing that. But that's me. Maybe you can email the agency anonymously and ask about the prescription drug use.

  
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Reply #2 - May 17th, 2016 at 4:51pm
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Thanks for the feedback! Anybody else want to give some advice?
  
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Reply #3 - May 18th, 2016 at 4:15pm
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Timmyturner wrote on May 17th, 2016 at 4:51pm:
Thanks for the feedback! Anybody else want to give some advice?

I would concur with the previous response - it all depends on the specific agency involved.  Also, you didn't specify whether the agency was federal, state, or local.  In the case of the CIA, NSA, or FBI, I would say "SOL"! Smiley
  

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Reply #4 - May 18th, 2016 at 5:08pm
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It would be a local police department or local sheriffs office. Will they ask questions about prescription drugs? And if they do, should I even disclose my past experience?
  
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Reply #5 - May 18th, 2016 at 7:53pm
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They'll almost certainly ask you about your entire drug use history, including use of prescription drugs that weren't prescribed to you.

Many times, there are two standards of illegal drug use: marijuana and everything else. So the hydro use will be looked at with a discriminating eye.  How long ago was the use and what was your age at the time?  These factors may also be taken into consideration.

Should you disclose it? It's your call. It doesn't look good,  that's for sure.  If you get the picture that it's an auto DQ, or something that will seriously damage your chances, I wouldn't disclose and I'd take my chances against the poly.  One thing that is an absolute in my book: stick to your story throughout the process.  If you don't disclose it on the application, don't change your story in the face of the pre poly process.  Typically local agencies and ones with more serious manpower issues will be more likely to overlook an issue and evaluate you as a candidate as a whole.
  
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