There is no disputing that drug abuse in the workplace is climbing to the highest numbers we have ever seen. Employers also face the growing number of states passing recreational marijuana laws (which contradict federal law that states marijuana is still considered a Schedule I drug). As a result, employers must review their drug abuse screening policy, specifically what their organization tests for and what method their organization is using. The vast majority of employers utilize urine as their specimen of choice when screening for drugs; however, there is always a risk that the urine provided by the applicant did not come from the applicant directly. What would happen if the applicant purchased synthetic urine online?

Synthetic urine is an artificially synthesized substance that simulates the composition, chemical properties, and appearance of human urine. In other words, it is “fake urine.” Synthetic urine will work for drug tests because most laboratories do not perform genetic analyses on specimens. When used, the synthetic urine must be kept warm and have the roughly estimated temperature of 98°F to convince the testing staff that the given specimen has been produced naturally and is authentic. Those required conditions are similar to those of human urine; therefore, a common urine analysis will not detect whether a urine sample is a natural or synthetic one. This enables an individual to pass the drug test easily and without any complications.

Traditionally, employers will request a certain panel test (5, 9, or 10) that will test for various drugs. We always encourage our clients to be as comprehensive as possible and urge them to order a 10 panel test (unless they are regulated by a certain industry, like the Department of Transportation). Employers should work with their drug screening provider to ensure that they are also testing for synthetic urine.