While the government and several concerned groups from the private sector have been struggling in the battle to stop drug and alcohol abuse, some people are making money by going against the flow.
Robert Dennis Catalano, 62 years old, and George W. Wills, 65 years old, are facing charges in the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh for selling products that aim to cheat drug tests. Just last week, they have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government by selling products like Whizzinator, Yellow River and Number 1.
These urinating devices release synthetic urine instead of the user’s real urine, so that they do not test positive on drug or alcohol tests. They have been selling their products over the internet.
Their site (name deliberately withheld), which has been reported to be no longer operational, is still running (as of this writing) and continues to blatantly advertise their products. Their first page even includes the statement “If you need fake urine for testing purposes, we have the product for you”. This is truly terrible and inexcusable!
Their sentence is due on February 2009. According to reports, Catalano and Wills may face up to 8 years in prison and a fine of US $500,000. I am not a lawyer, but I think that, taking into consideration the many lives that have been destroyed by drug and alcohol abuse, eight years would not really be enough.
While it is easy to search the web for several ways to cheat on drug tests, most of these methods are no longer effective as drug testing companies have also improved their test kits to be able to detect any attempt of fraud.
Besides, it will never do anyone good if he cheats on drug tests. The first person he would be cheating if he uses synthetic urine and other urinating devices is actually just himself.
I still believe that the best way to ensure a ‘negative’ result in a drug test is to not take prohibited drugs at all.