MANSFIELD — Bob Beyer, operations manager for Workforce Solutions in Mansfield, theorized applicants either show up hoping the site won’t test for their particular drug or they plan to outsmart testers by cheating the urine test.
“If you go on the Internet, you can Google how to pass a drug test,” Beyer said. “It’s even specific for different drugs. Most (tips) are a bunch of crap, but some have been effective.”
For the 5 percent (of cheaters) we catch, there is probably another 5 percent we don’t catch,” Beyer said.
The test, which is always monitored by a lab technician, measures the temperature of the specimen as well as drug levels. Toni Shaum, the lab supervisor at Workable, a drug-testing collection site that serves most of Richland County, said a normal urine sample falls around 94 to 96 degrees, but the site is required to accept specimens ranging from 90 to 100 degrees.
Shaum has seen numerous tricks in her time at Workable. Schemes run the gauntlet from bringing in old urine, to someone else’s urine, to squeezing an infant’s urine from a diaper. People try to microwave urine; flood their system with water; drink the jelly additive Sure-Gel or use bleach crystals to cleanse their urine. Others try to dilute the specimen with toilet water, despite the bluing tablets that turn it green.
Also becoming more popular among men is the Whizzinator, a prosthetic penis that straps on to the body and is connected to a package of clean urine secured at the thigh. The drug-test cheating device can be purchased online for $140.
“It’s unbelievable what we go through,” Shaum said.” And then (failed test takers) get all nasty about it like we’re the ones that made them flunk.”