Synthetic Urine Use Down as Word Spreads About Detection | Business
“Overall we saw a slight decline in all positives, but the most notable one is the sharp decline in *synthetic urine,” said Carl Linden, scientific director of toxicology at Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc., which releases workforce drug statistics on a quarterly basis. Synthetic urine is used to “beat” drug tests.
“Positives for synthetic urine in the first quarter 2012 were down 38 percent from the previous quarter and 47 percent, same quarter year over year. We were expecting this as word got out that we can now detect synthetic urine. Social marketing probably accounts for the speed of the decline,” Linden noted.
THC (marijuana) use was down from 3.1 percent to 3 percent, cocaine from .3 percent to .2 percent, and opiate use declined from .3 percent to .2 percent.
Linden said painkillers are not currently included in federal- or state-mandated workforce drug testing, but that the lab sees a definite increase in painkiller use in their other clinical testing. “Given the dramatic rise in the use of drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, changes are being sought at both the state and federal level,” he added.
*(Note: Samples that show synthetic urine was used, but contain no drugs, are reported as invalid, and new samples need to be submitted.)
DLS’ quarterly sample size typically includes between 7,000 to 10,000 drug tests. Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc., Hawaii’s largest locally owned drug-testing company, offers a comprehensive range of routine and esoteric testing services and the most sophisticated forensic toxicology and substance abuse testing services in Hawaii. The company employs more than 600 people and has locations throughout Hawaii, Saipan and Guam. The company releases workforce drug statistics on a quarterly basis.