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New Synthetic Urine Helps Beat Revamped Drug Tests

There have been synthetic urine products on the market for almost as long as there has been employer mandated drug tests. Drug testing, however, has gotten increasingly sophisticated over the years, and the synthetic urine products have had to evolve and adapt along with them.

Drug testing is now very widespread, with all but 3 percent of all Fortune 500 companies requiring it for new job applicants for a wide variety of positions. As a result, synthetic urine products are now in great demand and are available for purchase at a great number of businesses, ranging from gas stations to smoke shops. A survey of the market reveals that the prices of such products are approximately $20-$40.

There are a number of different products on the market. One, called a Pee-Pack, retails for  $40. For that price, purchasers receive 2.5 ounces of a liquid classified as synthetic urine. It is delivered in a bag enclosure that displays the liquids temperature using a heat sensitive strip, and there is a nozzle to allow the liquid to easily be discharged into a drug test receptacle. Those who market the product say that it is possible to use it to defeat a standard drug test regardless of whether or not an observer stays in the room when the urine sample is collected.

Because some drug tests register the temperature of the sample collected, the product even comes with a mechanism to heat up the liquid if necessary, to ensure that it is anywhere from 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or human body temperature. In one independent test of the product, however, adulterating nitrates were discovered, which could present a problem passing some drug tests. It is not clear, however, whether this was an isolated incident or whether nitrates are commonly found in the synthetic urine provided.