States Banning Fake Urine Used to Cheat on Drug Tests

Synthetic urine retails for $17 to $40 in head shops, truck stops and on the internet. The substance — made from chemicals and, some claim, uric acid — goes by names including “Monkey Whizz” and “UPass.” Authorities say the products give drug users a way to sidestep screening exams administered by police, courts and employers.

With the opioid crisis raging, rates of cocaine and methamphetamine abuse soaring and recreational marijuana use legal in nine states, concern about clean drug tests has increased. While people have long tried to cheat drug exams with an array of creative methods — such as providing other people’s urine, attempting to flush their systems with gallons of water or using herbal remedies — synthetic urine is the new go-to trick, reports the Washington Post. States are enacting laws to ban the sale of fake urine, which retails for $17 to $40 in head shops, truck stops and on the Internet. The substance — made from chemicals and, some claim, uric acid — goes by names including “Monkey Whizz” and “UPass.” Authorities say the products give drug users a way to sidestep screening exams administered by police, courts and employers.

Laws making it illegal to sell or use synthetic urine or cheat on a drug test are on the books in at least 18 states, says the National Conference of State Legislatures. A bill in Mississippi was dubbed the “Urine Trouble Act,” drawing snickers and groans. Its sponsors said the jokey name belies a real problem: Truck drivers, people who operate heavy machinery and others can use the synthetic liquid to  thwart a drug test, creating public risks. David Powell of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council has heard accounts of people on probation getting caught with fake urine. They often try to slip it into cups in the bathroom where they are supposed to be providing urine samples. Companies nationwide have reported having trouble finding workers who can pass drug tests. When people see their livelihood or ability to stay out of jail as dependent on passing a drug test, it can create a strong motivation to cheat.

from https://thecrimereport.org