The drug testing industry has always resided on somewhat shaky ground. People you would think should be drug tested on a regular basis, like airline pilots, are rarely tested for anything other than alcohol, while office workers are often subjected to either regularly scheduled or random five-panel drug tests. The rise of the drug testing industry has raised a lot of questions about who actually benefits from making sure the person who puts salt on your French fries hasn’t smoked a joint in the days before you sauntered in to place your order. In a lot of cases, it would be logical to conclude the only ones seeing any benefit are the companies conducting the tests. And that notion was driven home with authority again this week when the story of Elizabeth Moreno surfaced.
It was 2015 when the aforementioned Elizabeth Moreno, a Texas college student at the time, underwent back surgery to correct a congenital abnormality in her spine. Thankfully for Moreno, the surgery was a success. In the aftermath, she was prescribed a short course of the well-known opioid painkiller hydrocodone to help ease her through the recovery period. Sometime later she was told she would need to take a urine test to ensure she had successfully transitioned off the drug.
At the time she didn’t think much of it. She had long since stopped taking the hydrocodone and had nothing to hide. So she submitted to the drug test and went back to her normal life. It wasn’t until almost a year later that the bill arrived for that test and when it did it Moreno and her parents were floored. The testing lab was demanding the princely sum of $17,850 for a single urine test.
The case has received national attention with many patient advocates, health professionals, and legal experts questioning both the cost of the test and whether it ever should have been given in the first place. Virtually everyone except the testing lab itself (surprise!) viewed the case as a textbook example of the rot at the core of the drug testing industry. Scores of labs nationwide are getting fat off drug tests that are hard to justify and yet no one seems to know how to assert control over the situation.
One former federal prosecutor called the $17,850 charge in the Moreno case “incredibly out of the norm” while others seemed to imply that it was an isolated incident and all boiled down to the actions of one lab that had a history of overcharging. Indeed, the lab in question, Sunset Labs, has earned an “F” rating on the Better Business Bureau of Houston website with many people claiming they have been subjected to similarly outrageous charges.
It seems, at least on the surface, that there may be something to the notion that this was all a matter of a single rogue lab trying to take advantage of its position in the medical food chain. But is that really the case? Or is Sunset Labs just an extreme example of an entire industry that’s out of control?
Is it just the tip of a corrupt iceberg that is raking in huge profits for conducting drug tests that are at best hard to justify and in many cases, wholly unwarranted?
Elizabeth Moreno’s insurance company estimated a urine test to determine if her system was clear of opioids should have cost about $100. An attorney for Sunset, however, claimed that the $17,850 charge was entirely in line with what other out-of-network labs in the Houston area charged for similar tests.
It was also revealed that Sunset had not simply tested to see if Moreno had stopped taking hydrocodone. Instead, they tested her urine for everything from psychiatric benzodiazepine to amphetamines and buprenorphine as well as a laundry list of other illicit substances, thereby charging hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for each additional test. The lab also tacked on extra charges to verify that her urine sample was genuine. The fact that they did so when their mandate was simply to verify that Moreno had transitioned off hydrocodone speaks to the heart of the underlying problem with drug testing: it’s a potential cash cow many labs simply can’t resist.
The drug testing industry has profited mightily from legitimate concerns about the opioid crisis in America. The CDC estimates that more than 100 people die each day in America from opioids and the problem is only getting worse. As such, many companies that otherwise have no legitimate reason to drug test their employees have fallen for the marketing and enlisted the services of drug testing companies to ensure the people stocking their shelves or flipping their burgers aren’t stoners, drunks or secret opioid addicts.
The result of the nationwide drug testing binge is that urine testing has grown from little more than a laboratory sideshow into an $8.5 billion a year industry with no signs of slowing down. And with the national willingness to spend whatever it takes to ensure a clean and sober workforce at an all-time high, it's no wonder that many labs can't resist the urge to pad the bill.
Back in Texas Elizabeth Moreno’s surgeon has stated that he sometimes orders drug tests just to ensure he doesn’t draw the ire of the Texas medical licensing board for prescribing opioids. But that organization claims they don't require doctors to order drug tests for short-term prescriptions and that if Moreno's surgeon did so, he acted of his own accord. They also stated that even if the surgeon had concerns that perhaps his patient was at risk of becoming addicted there were and are plenty of tests available that screen for specific drugs and typically cost less than $200.
Elizabeth Moreno’s father eventually settled with Sunset Labs for $5,000 but says he wishes now that he had put up a more robust fight.
Love him or hate there’s one thing that has to be said about the unorthodox American president: he’s good for business. Since his election subscriptions to the New York Times have increased a hefty 42%, viewership of CNN is up some 20% since their predictions of a Clinton landslide went a bit awry, and at MSNBC their viewership is up by nearly 50% over where it was pre-Trump. So, it’s little wonder everyone wants a piece of the president because a bit of Trump is worth its weight in viewers, subscriptions, page views and perhaps even golden showers.
The desire to try and cash in on The Donald isn't confined to America and American media outlets either. As proof of that, we have one Emin Agalarov, a Russian rich kid who has decided to ride Trump’s massive coattails to fame. His latest musical foray deals with the infamous “pee tape” and comes packaged with a well-financed video that includes lots of scantily clad hotties as well as impersonators of Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Jong Un and the man himself. (Although there’s no sign of real or fake pee in the video.)
Agalarov is a long-time acquaintance of Trump, who the singer claims appeared in one of his videos that were made at a time when Trump was little more than a real estate developer and budding reality TV star. His newest effort heavily references the alleged "pee tape" from some years back wherein Trump is said to have ordered up a round of golden showers to be administered by a couple of Russian street entrepreneurs in a Moscow hotel room. He is said to have been unaware that Russian intelligence was allegedly videotaping the whole thing to blackmail him later.
Because we now live in the age of "who has more egg on their face," the pee tape created quite a media stir in 2017 right before Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) surfaced to tell her sticky tale of alleged Trumpian debauchery. Also, other women claimed to have received hush money from Trump to keep their tales of his alleged misconduct on the QT. The pee tape itself has never actually surfaced, and Trump himself has branded the story "fake news" to absolutely no one's surprise. But yet the story refuses to die and will likely cling to Trump like the smell of urine-soaked sheets unto his last day and beyond.
Even if the alleged video does surface one day it’s likely the POTUS will charge that the person identified as him is a look-alike and/or that the ladies were enjoying a bit of fun with synthetic urine and not the real thing. In which case it would be the "fake pee tape." He might even get some traction with that angle because the makers of synthetic urine often attempt to get around the fact that their product is intended to help people pass drug tests by stating on the package that their artificial urine is "For fetish use only," or some such thing. One can even imagine the president pulling a properly heated container of synthetic pee out of his pocket in response to shouted questions as he headed toward Air Force One. "Fake news!", he would exclaim, pulling the pee from his presidential overcoat and holding it up while saying "Fake news about fake pee!" He would shout as he boarded the plane en route to a summit with Putin.
This raises an interesting question: could such an artificial urine product save the president's bacon if a tape does surface one day? Could he say the ladies were too modest to engage in a real pee fest and instead brought along some phony weewee to preserve their excellent reputations? A move he, of course, heartily endorsed because he is, after all, such a fine upstanding gentleman himself?
It's an exciting possibility and one that would undoubtedly cause public awareness of synthetic urine to skyrocket, along with sales.
Comrade Agalarov though cares not for false pee summits or reputations. He's hell-bent on cashing in on Trump-mania, which is like Beatlemania without the good music, good fun, and good feelings. His video portrays his rogues' gallery of secondary characters whispering, wailing, making payoffs and tossing back shots as they conspire, collude and commiserate with one another in scenes that look like equal parts Bunuel, Fellini and Weird Al Yankovic.
In the end, two-time also-ran Hillary Clinton is seen in a Russian nightclub cozying up to Stormy Daniels as the two celebrate something that isn't entirely clear. But it doesn't matter what they're celebrating because the video is not intended to be educational, it’s a disposable piece of pop culture that will likely have a shorter shelf life than an open bottle of fake pee.
It has to be said that the whole sordid affair - from the incident that allegedly inspired it to the Mueller probe that seems obsessed with it and the Agalarov video that riffs on it - risks giving pee a bad name. And if fake pee is someday dragged into the narrative the good name of that august product may also wind up being sullied by association. This would indeed be more than a little tragic since synthetic urine has saved many a career over the years in spite of being marketed in a way that our kinky First Fetishist would no doubt appreciate.
For the moment though we have Agalarov’s music video to remind us of the power of pee and also to serve as a warning those who would stay in Moscow hotel rooms without first having them swept for surveillance devices. All we can reasonably hope for going forward is that the race to cash in on Trump doesn’t undermine the ability of people to obtain the fake pee they need to save their careers.
Today the team at Aberdeen Proving Ground are busy patenting their discovery. Once that has happened they’ll turn their full attention back to finding out exactly what is behind the more efficient production of hydrogen using urine and how the whole process can be scaled up and made available to those who need it.As we move forward, it's obvious that this discovery will have wide-ranging implications outside the military sphere as well. Automobile companies, for instance, have long been searching for a practical way to produce hydrogen powered cars but until now the process has simply been too cumbersome and impractical. There is a very real possibility this new process could change all that and be the first and most important step yet taken in finally replacing the worlds’ 1 billion fossil fuel powered vehicles.
Research into the practical applications of this invention is still in its infancy but few discoveries in recent years have generated so much buzz among those looking for sustainable solutions for the world’s vexing energy problems. It’s conceivable that, because of this invention, shortly we’ll be driving hydrogen-powered cars and that, on a far-flung battlefield somewhere, a soldier in desperate need of power will generate electricity using found aluminum cans and pee.
There is a ton of confusing, often misleading information out there today regarding urea and uric acid. Most of it goes something like this: "Urea and uric acid are two names for the same thing" or "Our synthetic urine product contains uric acid, the only thing you'll need to ensure you get a positive result on your next test." That all sounds very well and good, but the fact is that neither statement is true. Many labs these days don't test for uric acid and the ones that do only use it as a kind of fallback position because urea can be notoriously fickle and dissipate so quickly that it's hard to detect. Which leads to the first point; that urea and uric acid are the same things. They're not. And below we’ll discuss the difference.
A better analogy would be that they are like carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. Both of those things result from the burning of fossil fuels and can be found in car exhaust, yet they are fundamentally different compounds. Both urea and uric acid result from metabolic processes and can be found in urine. They are not chemically the same and are not regarded as being interchangeable by the people who conduct drug tests.
Before we go any further, let's take a more or less scientific look at these two compounds, what they are and how they are both similar and very different. ("More or less" because we're going to eliminate most of the scientific jargon.)check What is Urea? - Urea is the result of a metabolic process. A metabolic process is that which converts food into forms of energy the body can use to power itself. In this case, urea is the result of the metabolizing of proteins and amino acids by the liver. More to the point it is a waste product that moves from the liver into the kidneys before being expelled by the body in urine. The way of sweat also discharges a small percentage of urea. Urea is a toxic substance, which is why the body expels it. But it is also vital because it carries with it excess nitrogen that would otherwise accumulate in the blood. Why is that important? Because excessive nitrogen levels lead to a condition called uremia. Uremia symptoms include confusion, fatigue, general physical weakness, dry mouth, edema, tachycardia, passing out and more. check Urea has been on the chemist’s radar since 1773 when it was first identified. Some 50 years after its discovery it also became the first organic compound that scientists were able to synthesize. And they have been doing so ever since. Today, laboratories around the country produce some 1 million pounds of synthetic urea every year for use in fertilizers and other products, including synthetic urine. check A typical person expels roughly 30 grams of urea every day. Most of it in their pee and the rest of it when they sweat until recently, testing facilities did not check for urea. But as the means of evading the testing machines have grown more sophisticated those labs have changed course and started looking for this most important of indicators that they are dealing with pee and not apple juice. check What is Uric Acid? - Like urea uric acid is a waste product of metabolic processes. In this case, it is produced by the kidneys as the end process of the metabolization of particular nucleotides. Because it originates in the kidneys the only mechanism for expelling uric acid is through urination. That's in contrast to urea, some of which is excreted via sweat. Humans are not the only animals that generate uric acid. Birds and reptiles also produce this metabolic waste product. In those animals however uric acid is expelled in both solid and liquid forms, mostly solid. While in humans uric acid is always expelled during urination.
Let’s see if we can clarify this issue for you a bit more thoroughly by taking things point by point.check Uric acid and urea both result from metabolic processes - Urea is a byproduct of the liver metabolizing amino acids and proteins. Uric acid, on the other hand, is produced during the final stages of the metabolic process of specific nucleotides by the kidneys. The two have fundamentally different chemical structures. check Urea and uric acid are expelled differently - Most of the urea your body produces is expelled in urine. However, a small proportion is discharged in sweat as well. Uric acid on the other hand, because the kidneys produce it, is only expelled by way of urine. check Uric acid is not a reliable indicator - The fact that a sample contains uric acid is not a reliable indicator that it is pee and not some fake. check Urea is a good indicator that pee came from a person and not a lab. As a result, many companies have begun looking for urea or both urea and uric acid, rather than merely checking for uric acid. check Beware uric acid only - If you are in need of a synthetic urine product beware of those that advertise they contain uric acid and/or state that uric acid is the same as urea. It is not. Chances are if a drug testing company is looking for one of these metabolites it is urea they are looking for, not uric acid.
It's essential that anyone in search of a synthetic urine product make sure that the product contains both uric acid and urea. Any synthetic urine sample that does not contain urea runs the genuine risk of being deemed non-human, which means a failed drug test and botched career.
With record low unemployment, a surging stock market and wages finally pointing upwards after years of stagnation the US economy is looking good these days. One (perhaps unintended) effect of the robust economy is that some companies have decided to look the other way when it comes to testing current and potential employees for marijuana. After all, with legalization sweeping the nation and good employees harder and harder to find in a tightening job market it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to turn workers away because they might have smoked a joint at a party over the weekend.
But while some companies have indeed seen the light when it comes to testing for weed the operative word here is "some." Because these enlightened companies are still in the minority. The fact is the vast majority of companies are sticking to their policy of screening for pot and firing or disqualifying individuals who come back positive.
There are a lot of potential reasons for this. First, not every state has legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, or both. As such companies that do business in states where pot is still illegal figure, it's only right to stick to the status quo until they have a reason to change. Second, a lot of business owners are not on board with the notion that marijuana use is basically harmless. They don't want people who are driving their expensive trucks or operating heavy machinery or interacting with customers to be buzzing. And while it's been proven, fears like that are largely baseless, they're at least understandable, to some degree.
The third reason most companies may be sticking with cannabis testing has to do with the bottom line: that is, the bottom lines of the companies that manufacture drug screening machines and conduct drug screening. Substance checking in the US is a more than $2 billion a year industry. That’s a lot of sample cups. It’s a high margin, high growth industry that has lined the pockets of a lot of company owners who don’t want anything to derail the gravy train.
These companies are constantly whispering in the ears of business owners that now is not the time to let their guard down. Their argument often uses the old "gateway" approach. That is, they suggest that if business owners let up on screening for weed, they'll start questioning the logic of checking for other things. Eventually, the wheels will come off the testing wagon and they'll wind up with a group of employees who look like refugees from the set of "The Walking Dead."
But it's not just employers and screening companies who are keen to continue checking people for marijuana use. There is an equal number of companies on the other side of the fence that also have a stake in seeing testing continue.
They are the companies that produce and sell items and kits that allegedly help individuals get around drug panels. They manufacture the artificial urine that is winding up in more and more sample cups worldwide. They manufacture the artificial penises guys use to deliver that fake pee when someone is in the room with them. They own the websites that sell products like these. And they own the head shops that do the same. Printing companies that print the boxes for these products, shippers and everyone else in the supply and delivery chain related to the get-around-your-drug-test business stand to lose if companies stop screening for weed.
While the number of companies no longer checking for weed is still small, it's likely to grow as long as the economy continues to churn along and demand for workers remains high. And the fact is that while it's unlikely a company's decision to stop screening for weed will have little effect on its desire to look for opiates or other drugs the decision to stop screening for weed does represent a kind of gateway. In this case, however, it's not a gateway to a world of munchy-crazed zombies, but rather a gateway to a more tolerant society. One that recognizes there is a difference between an employee stumbling into work still reeking of alcohol from the previous night's party and someone coming to work in fine shape after sharing a joint with their buds the night before. It's the kind of gateway that's worth passing through.
In addition to the benefits, companies are likely to enjoy if they stop trying to group recreational pot users with crack addicts there is also the case of the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Americans who gain some therapeutic benefits from cannabis. People with epilepsy, glaucoma, cancer, chronic pain, Crohn's disease, arthritis and more all use cannabis to help them deal with the symptoms of their illness. Lumping these people in with heroin users and meth addicts is both grossly unfair and undermines the legitimate arguments (and there are some) that companies use to justify looking for truly dangerous substances.
The fact is there should have been some sort of public debate over what type of substances a company could and should screen for before the practice of looking for drugs was introduced. But there wasn't. Drug screening was simply imposed on the labor market without comment and has crept into every corner of the business world like sociological kudzu. As a result, a person who shares a doobie with his friends on Saturday night is now considered to be essentially the same as someone who is stealing products from the warehouse and selling them to finance his meth addiction. It's insane.
At the end of the day, workers and potential workers should be judged on their ability to do the job they're being hired to do.
And while no one is arguing that train conductors and airline pilots should not be checked for most drugs firing your cashier because he or she took a few hits off a bong over the weekend is no one's definition of reasonable or fair.
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Passing a drug test can be stressful for some, because no matter if your drug use is medical or recreational, it can be tough to time things out correctly. A common solution that one might think of is to use their friends or family member’s piss; after all, this is an efficient way to go about it. But what if the only option available is a friend or family member of the opposite sex?A lot of us don’t really know anything about the science behind these procedures. If you’re not familiar with the testing process, how do you know if using a female’s piss (if you are a male) will work? The short answer is: you don’t. There are a bunch of different factors that can affect each individual situation, including: What kind of drugs you might be taking. Personal health factors. The type of panel you use to administer the drug test.
Alcohol is another thing that you can see in your results. Ensuring clean results when performing a substance procedure on yourself will depend on the length of time that your substance of choice remains in your system and how often you may use that substance.
If you are looking to detox, this is a great, effective option. However, the biggest downside is that a complete drug detox will take too long if you are looking for immediate results.Quit Using the Drug
This is the most obvious answer – if you don’t want a drug to show up in your urine then don’t put it in your body to begin with. While this is the most straightforward solution, it is also the least fun. This can be hard to do in a timely manner. It is also not super doable for some people who take substances medicinally without them being well documented.Synthetic Urine
For many people, artificial piss is the way to go. Synthetic urine is cleanly generated in a lab where it is produced with proper toxin-free piss characteristics. It is the only option that will work instantly for you every time. Quality fake pee should contain uric acid, urea, creatine, nitrates, a normal pH level, and more.
Image the look on your roommate’s face after you tell them the liquid all over their bed or belongings is real piss. Pretty funny, right? Chances are, you will feel a lot better about following through a prank like this with the security of fake pee. Fake pee is quite healthy and won’t contaminate their bed with the gross toxins actual piss contains.Fetishuse
This product is often sold at sex shops because of its surprising popularity within the fetish community. With the look and scent of regular pee, fake pee creates a more sanitary option for urine fetishes in the bedroom (or any other room, for that matter).Animal repellent
If you need to repel a pesky animal, this might be the way to do it. Animals instinctively have an aversion to territorial the scent, so this is a solid option.Urine therapy
While this is not super common, some cultures do indeed prescribe pee for its curative powers. Lab generated bodily fluid is not approved for internal use (of course), but if this is what you are looking for it is a great healthy alternative to regular pee.
The amount of time the detox process will take depends on how often you use the substance. For instance, if you are a daily cannabis smoker, it can take several weeks. However, if you only smoke on occasion, it can take as little as three days to clear out your system. Most recreational users tend to fall somewhere in the middle – and of course, the amount of time it will take also depends on the substance you are using. If you are going to try to detox, make sure you are giving your body plenty of time to be free of the substance to pass your drug screening before it happens!Getting Clean: This is the most obvious solution to pass a substance screening. However, many users are unwilling to completely discontinue use of their recreational drugs. Getting clean and clearing out your system can take a very long time depending on how frequent of a user you are. If you’re going to try and get clean to pass your substance screening naturally, then make sure that you are giving yourself enough time to do so. Synthetic Urine: Finally, many users put their trust in synthetic urine products, such as Quick Fix. This helps to ensure they pass the drug test with flying colors without the need to discontinue use of the substance. Quick Fix also eliminates the need to wait for the body to detox or get clean. Most people only have a few days to prepare for a substance screening, making synthetic urine their only option. Synthetic urine products like Quick Fix are the only option that works every time!
If you want to be sure that you’ll walk away from your drug screening with a passing result, then synthetic urine options like Quick Fix are your best choice. If you’re on a short time frame, they may be your only choice! Save yourself the headache of trying to force your body to detox in too short a period of time, and do what it takes to make sure you pass your upcoming drug test with flying colors!