KENNEWICK, Wash.-- People are trying to cheat on their drug tests by buying products to mask their drug use.
There's one product in particular that people are spending a lot of money on in an attempt to pass that drug test.
Many people who want to cheat on their drug test go into the restroom to give their urine sample with a different type than their own.
A popular product called Monkey Wizz is just one brand of synthetic urine people are buying to try and beat the system.
This is Monkey Wizz, a synthetic urine product. And it's a big seller at Hippies smoke shop in Kennewick. The store gets in 50 units a week and sells out every time.
"All the time. In fact, I'm out of two lines of it. I'm waiting for them to restock," said Tim Adams, Hippies Owner.
People are buying it in hopes that they won't get caught by their employers for using drugs.
"People are coming in and telling me how they're changing their policy and actually observing their employees taking their drug tests because of those," Adams said.
But does the stuff actually work? Kim Clark, Kennewick General Hospital Occupational Health Technician, says the odds of it working are low.
"If they try and tamper with the specimen at all, they do test to see if it's non-human," Clark said.
Labs testing urine are very aware of the issue. Clark says it's very rare that anyone actually gets away with using the synthetic substitute.
"People cheat. Whether it's with Monkey Wizz or a different kind of urine, we can't tell but we know that it's something fake," Clark said.
The products aren't cheap, costing as much as sixty dollars for one unit, but people are determined and convinced they can get away with cheating.
"People think they're going to get away with it and it's unfortunate because they spend the money on the fake urine and if I catch them then their money is down the toilet because that's where I pour it," Clark said.
Adams said some people that are using it aren't actually trying to cover up recreational drug use, but they don't want their employers to know they have a medical issue that they're taking drugs for.
People have to be 18 and older to buy it, but from what the Clark said, it's a waste of money.
Thursday, June 20 2013 2:15 AM EDT2013-06-20 06:15:58 GMT
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