State may ban devices that fool drug tests

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri lawmaker has filed legislation to outlaw special devices designed to fake urine samples and fool drug tests in the state.

Rep. Jeff Roorda, a former police officer, said such gadgets have become common and are causing problems for law officers checking on parolees and employers trying to ensure their workers are not using drugs.

“There’s no good reason to have one — maybe for Halloween or bar tricks,” said Roorda, D-Barnhart.

Various products — many sold online — promise to help people pass drug screenings with chemicals that mask the presence of drugs in their bodies, shampoos that scrub hair follicles of evidence and rigs that pour heated samples of clean urine into jars.

Roorda’s legislation would make it a felony for Missourians to use devices that produce false urine, hair, perspiration, saliva, blood or fingernail samples for drug or alcohol tests. Selling, making or possessing a cheat kit would be a misdemeanor, whether the defendant had used it or not. The bill has been submitted for the 2010 session that starts Jan. 6.

One of the best known test-fooling products is the Whizzinator, which gained notoriety after former Minnesota Vikings football player Onterrio Smith in 2005 was found with one in his bag at the Minneapolis airport along with several vials of dried urine. Actor Tom Sizemore was accused in California of violating his probation in 2005 by using the Whizzinator to falsify a drug test.

The Whizzinator is a rig that connects a male prosthetic — attached to an undergarment — to a container holding dehydrated, clean urine. Water is added to the pouch, which has a heating pad attached to warm the liquid to body temperature.

In November, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, upheld forgery charges against a central Missouri man accused of using a Whizzinator to pass a drug test in 2008.

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