Five ways to “pass” your drug test
As the man in the white lab coat followed him into the bathroom, Nathan Vickery felt calm and relaxed.
Just a few hours prior, while smoking weed with some friends, he got a text informing him he had been selected for a random drug screening for his school’s tennis team. This was his first drug test, but Vickery had a trick up his pant leg.
“I used something called a ‘Whizzinator,’” Vickery said. “It’s basically a fake penis.”
Employee drug screenings have become more common during the past 15 years. At the same time, the number of college students who smoke marijuana has risen from 30 to 38 percent since 2006, according to a study done by Monitoring the Future, an organization that monitors American youth.
Whether it is for a prospective job, a school sport or staying on the law’s good side, many students will probably have to take a drug test at some point. For frequent smokers like Vickery, this might cause pressure to falsify or cheat on drug tests. The 21-year-old has passed multiple drug tests using the phony phallus, but there are many other ways someone might influence their test results.
Here are five ways people pass drug tests:
1. Don't do drugs, at least for a while
It may be common sense, but one way to pass a drug test is to not do drugs. It would seem impossible to fail a test if no drugs have been taken.
However, Pseudoephedrine, Ibuprofen and supplements or foods containing hemp seed oil may cause false positives, according to studies done by Medline Plus and the Mayo Clinic. Also, Drinking tonic water might cause a test to register for opiates or quinine, according to study from the journal Addictive Behaviors.
For the most part, those who’ve never smoked have little to fear, but for the for the one out of 22 students who smoke marijuana on an almost daily basis knowing how long drugs stay in the body could make a big difference.
Smoking marijuana a single time can cause the THC — or tetrahydrocannabinol, the active substance in marijuana — to be detected for up to three days after use, according to studies done by the Mayo Clinic.
Smoking marijuana four times a week can be detected for up to five days, daily use can be detected for up to 10 days and “chronic heavy use” can be detected up to 30 days.
The length of time marijuana can be detected in a person’s urine can vary because of many factors, such as a person’s metabolic processes, dietary habits and exercise habits, said Kelly Dobbins, president of Mid-South Drug Testing.
“Marijuana attaches to fat cells, so depending on how fat you are can be a factor in how long marijuana stays in your system,” Dobbins said.
2. I can’t believe it’s not urine.
On its website, the Whizzinator is described as a “discreet synthetic urine device that is safe for all types of scenarios.”
“It has straps that go around your legs and waist and a little thing of fake pee,” said Vickery, the tennis player who passed that drug test. “It even has a pouch for some HotHands to keep it warm. After I used it the first time, I knew I was golden.”
Although the product claims it is “not intended for any illegal purpose” and “is not to be used to defeat lawfully administered drug tests,” the lifelike member comes in a variety of skin-toned colors.
As Vickery’s story illustrates, it might fool both the lab and observers who might be present. But without something to put inside it, students looking to fool a drug tester will be left holding their Whizzinator.
Synthetic urine is usually used by drug testing labs to calibrate equipment, so it is difficult for monitors to determine whether the urine is real. The fake pee has the same pH, acidity and color as the real deal.
“Labs use it primarily to test the reagents (testing samples), but I don’t know that we would even know that it’s synthetic,” Dobbins said. “And the lab doesn’t report that it’s synthetic. It looks like urine – it smells like urine. You wouldn’t think it isn’t urine.”
Lab technicians are looking for an accurate urine temperature wi