This hot-selling product is a fake ... and that's exactly why buyers want it.
Sales of synthetic urine — which people can use to cheat on drug tests — appear to be on the rise in the United States, according to news reports. And the substance has become such a problem that some states are moving to ban it.
According to The Washington Post, Indiana and New Hampshire passed laws last year banning synthetic urine, and two additional states — Missouri and Mississippi — introduced bills this year to make the product illegal.
"Our employers are reporting to us a concern that more and more of their employees are using synthetic human urine to cheat on a drug test," Dan Gibson, executive director of the Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers, which has lobbied for the bill in Mississippi, told The Washington Post. [9 Weird Ways You Can Test Positive for Drugs]
Mississippi State Rep. Willie Bailey said at a hearing that fake urine is a "hot seller" at truck stops, the Post reported. "They can't keep it in stock," Bailey said.
Synthetic urine is made from a mix of chemicals, with some manufacturers saying their products contain uric acid, the Post reported. (Uric acid is a chemical found in human urine.) The fake urine sells for $17 to $40 and can be bought online or in certain stores, such as some head shops.
Originally published on Live Science.
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Rachael is a Live Science contributor, and was a former channel editor and senior writer for Live Science between 2010 and 2022. She has a master's degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a B.S. in molecular biology and an M.S. in biology from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has appeared in Scienceline, The Washington Post and Scientific American.