Is it a scam or do certain products help drug users pass drug tests?
Last night we showed you what products are being sold in local stores to help mask drug useage for pre-employment testing and how the products are being used.
Last night we saw two of the most popular products on the market - Xtreme Detox drink & Quik Fix synthetic urine.
Tonight I'll show you the lab results.
One product worked and one didn't - and I was there to witness the results. I will also show how it's done - and how employers are getting wise to the cheaters.
Joe Smith says he smokes marijuana every day - saying: "your entire body relaxes."
He asked us to conceal his identity - hence the false name. But he agreed to try the Xtreme Detox Drink and the Quick Fix Synthetic urine.
We bought the products for a total of $100 from Earth Angel's, a shop in downtown Reno that sells a variety of products that promise to help people pass their drug tests.
For the detox drink, Joe chewed a pill, then chugged the 32-ounce drink. Fifteen minutes later he took another pill and then drank a full bottle of water.
The product promises to work in 30 minutes, but we gave it three hours as recommended by the owner of Earth Angels.
For the synthetic urine - all we did was heat it for ten seconds in the microwave. Then Joe kept it under his clothes to maintain the right temperature.
We had Joe undergo the standard drug test at a local lab - the same screening that many employers use.
The lab agreed to a blind test of two samples. They didn't know which was from Joe and which was the synthetic urine. Both were within the normal temperature range.
The results came in two days later.
The Xtreme drink failed! The tests detected THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
The synthetic urine passed the test.
"You just gotta worry about getting it into the test facility at the right temp and it's a sure thing," Smith says.
"People will always have a need to beat tests because they don't want to give up drugs," noted Bob Sinnett of St. Mary's Hosptial.
Sinnet, a hospital substance abuse counselor, says many drug labs are growing savvy to the products being used to beat the system. "The labs have people working full time buying these products and testing them to see if they work and if so they find ways to identify them and eliminate them," he says.
Even so, Sinnett calls it a 'cops and robbers game.'
He says the best way for employers to protect themselves is to use a reputable lab that has well trained collectors. "The key issue is to make sure the lab is qualified by the Department of Health and Human Services," Sinnett says.
And he recommends random testing, which limits the amount of time a worker has to prepare for a drug test It's not foolproof, but he says it is the best way to detect drug use in the workplace.
Sinnett says the statistics are on the side of the employers and drug labs. He says only a very small percentage of adulterated samples pass today's tests.
But anecdotally it's still a serious concern for many labs.
We first contacted Concentra for this test but they refused to participate. They were worried about what might happen if they didn't detect the drugs.
In the end it's . . . Let The Buyer Beware.