The number of drug users has soared for the past years. It is no secret how many famous personalities were caught using these drugs and how some of them found several means of cheating their way through drug tests. With the help of online resources, more people have resorted to ways on how they could get themselves out of the hole.
The spotlight is often cast on celebrities and athletes when it comes to drug issues. The world has witnessed how some famous personalities have been exposed for their addiction on certain drugs. In fact, some have been busted for trying to alter their drug tests by doing questionable methods. Here are some of them:
He admitted using a fake penis to excrete fake urine to be able to pass his drug test and be able to proceed with a fight.
Popular Major League baseball player A-Rod took a mid-stream urine sample based on the assumption that drug metabolites are present at the start and end stream of urine excretion only.
This G-unit rapper was caught sneaking a yellow substance into his urine specimen but was eventually identified as being positive for marijuana. He initially claimed that he was not a user of marijuana but was just a “victim” of famous rap artist Snoop Dogg’s marijuana use.
The world renowned cyclist ended his career in 2012 when he got busted for using, trafficking and administering erythropoietin (EPO), testosterone, and blood transfusions. He admitted that he has done these so many times during his career, leading him to winning several races.
While Armstrong was not busted at any time during drug tests, some of his fellow athletes broke their silence. News of his drug test cheating methods has reached the authorities, who conducted a drug test and found the champion cyclist to be positive for EPO.
Other athletes get away from these drug tests because they just use them in “micro-doses” a night before the race. Unfortunately, some have even asked the help of other physicians to help them with the administration of certain drugs. This has caused revocation of the medical licenses of the physicians found guilty in helping these athletes.
The actor was caused cheating on his drug test by using a prosthetic device to falsify his urine sample. He was charged with the possession of methamphetamine.
The Kenyan Coach was sent home after authorities in the recently concluded Rio Olympics found out that he was trying to pose himself as an athlete and gave sample urine to hide the doping activity of one of his athletes. He was immediately sent back to Kenya after authorities confirmed that his face does not match the photo of the athlete to be tested.
Russian Athletes at Rio Olympics
A group of Russian athletes have been found to be using performance-enhancing drugs to win themselves a gold medal. However, it has been discovered how rampant it was among their athletes. In fact, one female athlete for the track and field category accidentally leaked her adulterated urine sample onto the floor. She was trying to provide a urine sample through a device that was hidden under her clothes.
Apparently, some of these Russian athletes have their unusual way of evading drug tests. Some of them just disappear in the middle of the race or go missing among the crowd in such a way that the drug testing staff won’t be able to get to them.
There was also one incident wherein two athletes were found to be missing their drug tests. When they learned that their cheating ways have been discovered, they filed for retirement.
How People (Attempt To) Cheat on Drug Tests
The desperation of some drug users have led them to consider cheating their way through drug tests. Here are some of the most popular and infamous drug test cheating methods:
Dilution of urine
One common way of cheating a drug test is by taking in large amounts of water at least 4 to 6 hours prior to submission of the sample. In doing so, the individual is forced to urinate and by doing so, whatever chemical may be in his system will somehow be flushed out.
There is only a specific range of drug presence in the urine that can determine if the individual is indeed positive with a drug. Other individuals, however directly put water with the urine to dilute the sample. Unfortunately, this is easily detected by laboratories because now, they add a dye to their toilets and their faucets are turned off.
Some individuals would submit urine samples from another individual who is 100 percent free from any drug substance.
Surprisingly, there are concentrated urine products in powdered form, which can be bought online. Adding water to it would produce urine. However, this could be easily detected if the urine sample does not maintain the specific temperature. Too warm or too cold would mean demanding for another urine sample to be taken.
Adding a chemical
There are certain chemicals that can alter the chemical composition of the urine. This, however, is easily detected. Any urine sample that is found to have chemicals that aim to disrupt the testing process is tagged as an “adulterated sample”.
Drinking vinegar may alter the ph level of the urine and may “mask” the presence of any drug. However, with testing, vinegar is easily detected.
Performance-enhancing drugs are being injected by athletes through their tattoos. By doing this, only a small amount of the drug is enough to provide the needed strength or endurance that an athlete may need.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
This is used to boost performance of energy-inducing drugs. By using HGH with regular low dose of blood-boosting hormone EPO, the presence of this drug may be difficult to detect, as some users would vouch.
Exemptions from Drug Testing
Some athletes who were found to be positive with some disorders like attention-deficit disorder are prescribed with Adderall or Ritalin. These drugs are highly addictive. Howver, athletes who abuse these drugs make an excuse not to undergo drug testing because they say that their use of the said drugs would affect results.
This involves altering the normal DNA structure of the human body. A gene, after it has been isolated, is injected with a “virus” (the deadly components taken out) to produce superhuman strength. This is introduced back into the body and generally improves overall performance of an athlete.
There are two techniques of blood doping:
The blood of an athlete who has injected EPO is extracted, stored in a blood bank, and injected back to the athlete at a later date.
This is when the blood coming from another donor has been transfused to the athlete. The purpose is to dilute the concentration to evade detection but the effect of the drug will not alter the athlete’s performance.
Using diuretics have been used to evade detection of any presence of drugs. Frequent urination will flush out traces of drugs from the system, but this strategy isn’t fool-proof.
Using Testosterone-Based Ointments
When an individual takes on drugs, the testosterone levels greatly drops, which can sometimes lead to a “0” reading. However, with the use of this kind of ointment, it retains the normal level of testosterone in the body.
It has been found out that the presence of benzolkonium chloride in a urine sample can mask the presence of THC metabolite in drug analysis, but this hasn’t been confirmed to be effective.
Whizzinator is a kit that has been marketed all over to fraudulently evade detection of presence of drugs during a drug test. This is made up of a syringe, heater pack, dried urine and a penis-shaped appendage to attempt to dispense fake urine into a drug testing cup.
Drug Tests To Prevent Cheating
Urine or blood tests may have been the most common means to detect presence of drugs in an individual. However, there have also been several strategies in trying to evade a positive result. To combat any attempts of drug test cheating, some drug tests have been developed to determine the presence of these substances with little to almost no possibility of being tampered and adulterated.
Because the urine drug test is probably the most adulterated and tampered method of all, some companies and testing firms use other kinds of drug tests. Saliva or oral tests, for instance, are much more difficult to cheat because the drug testing staff will extract the sample themselves. This is done by swabbing a piece of cotton onto a person’s inner cheek.
It really comes as no surprise as to why celebrities and athletes would involve themselves into drug use. After all, fame can be so overwhelming that they wouldn’t want to lose their sparkle or downgrade their performance.
Drug abuse in some celebrities start as early as childhood, when they take drug cocktails to remain awake and alert for shoots. As a result, a lot of child stars who are now in their teens or adult life have gotten themselves hooked on drugs because society dictates that they should remain active with what they do.
Sadly, the same thing also happens to athletes. The thought of bringing home a medal or trophy is something that every athlete would dream about. Unfortunately, they try to make use of these drugs to help them push beyond their limits.
Drug users will always find a way to manipulate the results of drug tests so that they can continue to use them for longer periods of time. However, knowing that drug abuse may also lead to a downfall of society at large, there should be a need to prevent individuals from getting away from it. As technology progresses, more drug tests are now becoming fool-proof to ensure that the prevalence of drug addiction may be completely eradicated from the society in the coming years.