Vanessa Papas: It seemed like a genius idea at the time. When an avid drug user stopped at the police station for a routine urine test – a term of her parole order – she thought she had it in the bag. After all, dog’s pee would certainly pass with flying colours. Or would it?
Drug addict, 40-Year-old Julie Miller was arrested on a charge of tampering with physical evidence after she tried to pass her dog’s urine as her own sample given to officers. She was also charged with a parole violation and trafficking in a controlled substance.
According to reports, Miller arrived for the regular probation check-in feeling confident she would pass. Inside her bag was a bottle of her dog’s pee. Little did she know that the lab would immediately flag the specimen and she would get herself in a world of trouble.
While not many drug addicts thinking of cheating the system will turn to their pet for help, a large number of people do opt for the traditional method of borrowing a cup of pee from a neighbour or a friend. This way of cheating a drug test, however, is getting more and more difficult to pull off. First of all, it’s important how the urine is kept – is it at the right temperature and was it stored correctly beforehand? It is also important to remember that there really is no real way of knowing whether the person ‘borrowing’ their pee practices clean living.
There are a ton of products, strategies, and home remedies some swear work to cheat a urine test, but all of them are risky in one way or another and more often than you, you will get caught. Labs have greatly improved their methods in detecting urine specimens that have been tampered with by donors. Today tests not only measure specific gravity, pH, creatinine levels, and temperature but also the presence of nitrites, such as the masking agent. Once nitrites are detected, further testing removes the masking effect to discover which drugs are present.