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Fake urine doesn't live up to drug test cheating hype

Fake urine doesn't live up to drug test cheating hype (WCIV)

Getting a job, or trying to keep one? Chances are you will need to pass a drug test.

The internet is full of pills, powders and drinks designed to dilute, derail, or dodge positive drug test results.

But none are more intriguing perhaps than "fake pee."

Synthetic "urine" is on sale at local gas stations and smoke shops in the Charleston area.

The packaging claims the urine can help users cheat on and potentially pass drug test.

But does it work? And is it legal? We set out to answer the question.

For editorial purposes, we're not going to tell you where we got it, but we can tell you it didn't take long.

The box is full of conflicting advertising. It says it's sold for research and novelty use only, but the fine print says no mixing necessary, 100 percent toxin free. And 100 percent legal.

Jennifer Miller owns Any Lab Test Now locations in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley. She specializes in toxicology, mold, DNA testing and more.

She's the first line of defense companies turn to for their drug testing, and fooling her is not easy. In her lab, the test starts as soon as someone walks in the door.

"You kind of have to be a detective and scientist?”

“You do, you really do," Miller said when asked if her job required her to be part detective and part scientist. “And I've been doing this a long time."

Miller says those trying to cheat on drug test simply act differently.

“They will walk back and forth, or demand the paper work be delayed," Miller says. "You know, just general anxiety.”

But Miller doesn’t only rely on her eyes

"I listen to hear the stream," she said. “You know a male has a different stream than a female. I know that difference too.”

During our investigation, we purchased a bottle of “U-PASS,” and gave samples to Any Lab Test Now.

Miller ran a 12-panel drug screening, testing the synthetic sample against real human urine.

“U-Pass” did technically live up to its same. The sample tested negative for several common drugs meaning it could pass a generic unsupervised test sent to a corporate lab.

But in a more strict setting, with Miller's keen eye immediately looking at the sample, U-Pass was a fail.

She says she spotted the fake instantly.

“I knew because the temperature didn't even hit 90 degrees. It was too low," Miller said. "Even before I peeled back, there was no sediment floating around in the urine. Most people are going to have a little bit of sediment in there. It just wasn't thick enough.”

Miller also says when she peeled back the testing strip on the “U-Pass" sample, there was a thin purple line.

“That means there is bleach added to this," she said. "That is as far as you need to go because it’s been adulterated."

So, while the box may say “U-Pass," trying to pull one over on a trained lab tech failed.

"I think they are wasting their money," Miller said of those who purchase the fake urine. "I don’t know what you paid for that, but even a dollar is a waste of money. I think that for people who do drugs they aren't supposed to do, the first advice is don’t do that.”

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