Aussie Workers Passing Drug Tests With Synthetic Urine

By Kenneth Garger 07/22/11

“Detox kits” claim to include all the ingredients in urine—except the drugs.

Synthetic specimens for all.
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Employers across the state of West Australia believe that workers may have found a high-tech way of cheating the system. Bosses are trading stories about drug-using workers who may be submitting phony, synthetic urine samples to pass drug-screening tests. The West Australian reports that state government scientists are researching a test that would render urine samples as either the real deal, or what we might call the “Quick Fix” solution. One website, Aussie Detox , sells 60 ml of Quick Fix for $85. The product claims to replicate everything that is present in a drug-free sample of urine. According to the report, the kit also includes “a temperature strip and heating pad to ensure the sample is at body temperature before the fake sample is given.”

ChemCentre, the organization responsible for drug testing for public and private companies in West Australia, said that “a number of its workplace drug testing clients” were concerned that workers were using Quick Fix, or products like them, “in place of real bodily samples.” A spokesperson for ChemCentre, Sarah Lau, said that the number of spurious samples submitted was sufficient to warrant the research.

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Ken Garger is a reporter for the New York Post. You can follow him on Twitter.