A medical testing laboratory in Hawaii has reported a rise in the use of synthetic urine among workers in the state to pass workplace drug tests, says Lorin Eleni Gill in an article for Pacific Business News.
100% increase in the use of synthetic urine
Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. reports that there has been more than a hundred percent increase in the use of synthetic urine for workplace drug tests over the last year. From 0.4 in the first quarter of 2014, the figure has since reached 0.9 percent.
According to Carl Linden, the laboratory’s scientific director, the rise was surprising, as there was a drop in synthetic urine use for workplace drug testing since it became detectable in 2010. Nevertheless, he warned Hawaii employers to exercise caution when engaging vendor services that use point-of-collection devices, or instant drug tests, which cannot detect synthetic urine.
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