Cheating on the Test

By Alfa · Jun 10, 2004 · ·
  1. Alfa
    Cheating on the Test


    Government Takes Notice

    A secretive Cincinnati company says its finding a growing market for
    its products that are designed to beat drug tests. Spectrum Labs --
    which provides only a post office box for its location -- claims to
    have helped thousands of people beat drug tests since it went into
    business 12 years ago.

    The company's products have gotten the attention of the U.S.
    government. Spectrum's signature product called UrineLuck was cited by
    name when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed
    changing federal drug-testing rules because of widespread use of
    products designed to allow drug users to beat the tests. UrineLuck is
    an additive meant to be mixed with a urine sample to neutralize any
    trace of illicit drugs. The firm also sells shampoo designed to fix
    hair samples, and a urine substitute, among other products.

    "They are clearly visible on the Internet and in drug-culture
    magazines and publications," said Dr. Donna Bush, drug-testing team
    leader for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
    Administration, part of HHS.

    The UrineLuck product is "one of the big reasons why we are moving
    ahead with alternatives to the urine tests," said Bush, a forensic

    Although Spectrum's products were formulated to deceive tests designed
    to detect traces of marijuana in the system, the products also are
    effective when used by people who use other illegal -- or tightly
    regulated -- drugs, such as cocaine, opiates and amphetamines, said
    Tony Wilson, Spectrum's director of communications.

    They are meant to counter the growing use of drug testing before
    hiring and during employment.

    Sixty-two percent of all companies conduct drug testing, a figure that
    skyrockets to 100 percent for those in the transportation industry and
    some government agencies, said Rebecca Hastings of the Society for
    Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va.

    Spectrum is owned and was founded by J. Matthew Stephens, who grew up
    in Mason. He defends his products as fighting privacy intrusion by the
    federal government and corporations.

    Although he declines to provide specifics about Spectrum's financial
    results, Stephens said sales have grown explosively every year and
    revenue is now "in the millions."

    Ninety-nine percent of his sales are to people who use "plain old
    pot," not users of more dangerous drugs, he said.

    He said he began to develop his product line while h
    e was studying
    chemistry at Ohio State University in the late '80s.

    When a buddy who was facing a job interview and drug test asked him to
    come up with something to "help him out," Stephens obliged.

    "It worked for him and he told two friends who told two friends and I
    had friends asking for friends and someone said you ought to go into
    business," he said. Stephens opened the doors for business in
    Cincinnati in September, 1992.

    Stephens and Wilson contend that drug tests represent unwarranted
    invasions of privacy by the government or employers.

    "Whatever happened to the right to privacy and the rights against
    unlawful search and seizure?" said Wilson.

    The company also agues that some drug tests are inaccurate, providing
    false positives for the presence of illegal substances.

    "You've got to have some regulations for public safety, but not when
    you're talking about invading the privacy of your home," Stephens said.

    Spectrum's products include:

    "Urine Luck," a chemical additive that comes in two small vials. When added
    to a urine sample, the product is supposed to destroy any "unwanted toxins"
    in the sample.

    "Quick Fix" is a synthetic urine that can be clandestinely substituted for
    the actual sample. It comes with a temperature strip and microwave heating
    instructions so it can approximate body temperature.

    "Absolute De-Tox Carbo Drink" was formulated to trap toxins in fat cells so
    that they're not released during a drug test.

    The products are sold on the Internet ( and at
    retailers including Hemptations stores in Clifton and O'Bryonville and
    The Cupboard in Clifton.

    Bush said that proposed new regulations will improve the accuracy of
    drug testing by allowing the government to use sweat, saliva and hair
    samples to conduct drug tests. A separate set of new regulations are
    designed to improve the accuracy of urine tests.

    About 400,000 federal employees could be affected, including those
    with security clearances, those who carry firearms or deal with public
    safety or national security, and presidential appointees.

    In many cases, private industry follows the government's lead on drug
    testing, meaning that the new regulations may usher in new rules in
    the private sector, Bush said.

    Hastings compared users of Spectrum's products to those who cheat on

    "Anyone who would use such a product could be regarded as a person of
    questionable character, just as those who cheat on tests and term
    papers are labeled as cheaters," she said. "And they may place
    themselves and others in danger by engaging in such practices."

    Stephens said the company's primary source of criticism is "the people
    who are doing the drug testing."

    "What's the best way to pass a drug test?" Wilson said. "We recommend
    that you don't do drugs."

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  1. sands of time
    Haha, that comparison of the people who use the stuff to people who cheat on schooltests is such B.S.
  2. manda
    There is a tea you can purchase at health food stores called Vales. It was 40.00 2 years ago when I bought it, for one cup/serving. That is how some people I knew passed work related drug tests. If used according to directions, it supposedly works. There is also a money-back guarantee, if you can send them a copy of the failed test.

    People cheat on drug tests because this society believes they are an acceptable measure to judge us as people- whether we can do certain work, whether we go to jail, who is guilty in a traffic stop or accident. Until people rally together against drug testing, and in a major way, it willcontinueto be a necessary evil.
  3. davidBuster23
    Since rotating into the corporate world, I've found a certain thrill in beating drug tests. Despite my presence here, I'm not what you'd call a regular user. but on the occasions that I've been forewarned of a drug test, I've made sure to get my system good and polluted in the days leading up to the test. I've tried a few different products, and in all cases I've passed without any problem.

    We should applaud the good folks who bring us the beat-the-test products -- their work helps others beat rediculous regulations that should not be on the books in the first place. perhaps whenorganizations realize that their tests are a joke to the drug-using population, the will stop wasting everyone's time.
  4. ShadyMilkman
    I heard that some places have tests now that can actually tell if you've taken a cleaning agent. Has anyone else heard of this?
  5. manda
    Bleach tests positive.

    How can one learn more about those products used to pass drug tests? Is there a website?
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