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'Fake Pee' Is In Demand, and Now States Want to Ban It

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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.

Rachael Rettner
Rachael Rettner

Rachael has been with Live Science since 2010. 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.