Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Synthetic Urine Used In Preparing For Mars Mission

As we know, unique properties of synthetic urine make it useful in a lot of fields of activity. For example, researchers widely use synthetic urine in their developments and a few days ago the news came of yet another such case.

The NASA partner German research center DLR studies the possibility of growing plants in the space with help of urine as a supply of the nutrients. And the substance used in these experiments is synthetic urine, since it is more convenient in terms of hygiene, ease of use and storage etc.

Reaching Mars and exploring it as a prospective habitable planet is something that the leading space agencies of the world are working upon, however much needs to be done yet. The main problem here is resupply, inasmuch as the population in Mars will depend on water, oxygen and food. But sending supply missions is not the best option, because they are expensive and take years. That is why NASA, which is already planning to send people to Mars in 2030s, is exploring the possibility of making this mission self-sufficient.

Growing food right on Mars is the most obvious solution in this situation and NASA in cooperation with DLS is preparing to test this possibility very soon. Next year these agencies plan to launch two greenhouse stations in space to understand better the impact of extraterrestrial gravity on plant growth. The mission will take one year and will consist of two parts. During the first 6-month period the satellite with greenhouses will simulate the gravity of earth’s moon, and in the second part it will accelerate its rotation to copy the gravity of Mars.

What Is Urine For?

To grow food, nutrients are prerequisite, and the urine of future Mars inhabitants can be used to get them. The researchers will send synthetic urine to space greenhouses to try growing plants with help of nutrients from it. Bacteria will be used to help break down the components of urine: ammonia into nitrites and further to nitrates, which are known as the perfect fertilisers for plants. A single celled alga Euglena Gracilis will be used to prevent the formation of harmful ammonia build-up.

The supply of these nutrients will be further regulated with the help of a microchip, which contains capillary electrophoresis (CE) system. This system is intelligent enough to gauge the need of plants in nutrients based on their growth stage and to fertilize them accordingly.

If the aforementioned research and development will succeed, Mars inhabitants will be able to grow plants and supply themselves with natural food using their own urine.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

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How To Keep Urine Warm For Drug Test

As much as 95% of employers favor urinalysis as a method for drug testing, and this one piece of statistic may have positively affected the trend and demand for synthetic urine over the years, however proper usage of product is mandatory requirement for success.

Why you need to keep it warm?

Since initial drug screen do not typically include special test for a sample’s validity, testing staff just checks urine temperature to make sure it’s not substituted. Real human urine is warmed by the body, and it logically follows that a fresh sample should also be warm, otherwise it must have come from somewhere other than your body. That is why fake piss must be kept warm if you don’t want your sample to be rejected even before actual drug test.

How warm a sample should be?

The normal temperature of human urine ranges from 94°F to 96°F (about 35 °C). The temperature of drug test sample must be measured during first 4 minutes after it was received, as it changes depending on ambient temperature. Acceptable range is from 90 °F to 100 °F (32 °C - 38 °C), any sample with a temperature out of this range will immediately fall under suspicion.

Container cups for the samples also usually have a built-in thermometer that registers the temperature of the piss as soon as it enters the container. So while synthetic urine is easy enough to acquire, hiding and using it to successfully pass a drug test can prove to be more difficult.

Microwaving synthetic urine

Microwaving fake piss is by far the easiest way to bring it to the desired temperature. All you need to do is place the container with liquid into a microwave and heat it for about 10 seconds. You can use a temperature strip to test if the sample is usable. Leaving the urine in for a longer period will give it an unusually high temperature and this is where it gets tricky. You can wait for the sample to cool down a little, but know that synthetic urine can be destroyed by too much heat.

Using hand warmers

Hand warmers are small, readily available and provide an easy way to heat synthetic urine. Just place the liquid in a small container or a sealed bag, wrap the hand warmer around it and secure using a tape or an elastic band. Take note that different hand warmers work in different ways. Some get warm as quickly as they get cold in a span of a few short hours. Warmers that maintain steady heat in the 90°F to 100°F range are perfect for the job, though you might also want to pick one that will keep the heat for as long as you need it.

Own body heat

Using your own body warmth is another popular option. Place the sample in a sealed plastic bag and keep required temperature by placing it near a warm body part. The body part you choose is always a matter of preference. Most men tend to use their crotch area – their inner thighs or inside their underwear. Some women prefer to use their armpits or inside their bras.

warming synthetic urine with own body heat
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Friday, June 12, 2015

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Texas Is Going To Ban Synthetic Urine

Drug addiction is a serious social problem that needs immediate attention. It can lead to health problems, accidents and crimes. Despite having laws against the use of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine etc., cases of drug addiction still continue to shoot up. Accessibility to the drugs as well as the use of methods to pass a drug screening test like synthetic urine are some of the factors that contribute to the increase in rate. Texas journalists conducted an investigation regarding the sale of synthetic urine.

Synthetic urine is a popular substance used to pass urine drug test and in Texas it was found to be legally sold and bought. One of the store clerks claimed that he was able to benefit from synthetic urine, having negative drug test results every time he used it. Although some consumers like him have claimed that synthetic urine always give negative drug test results, some may not be as satisfied as they are. For instance, a woman who confessed of using drugs for a long time already was convicted of several crimes in February 2015 after failing the drug screening test using synthetic urine. She used low quality product, which was detected by adulteration check. Investigators tried to reach by phone the manufacturer of that product, but the spokesman only gave them an excuse and immediately hung up without explanation.

Texas TV channel investigated sale and use of synthetic urine

Every package of synthetic urine usually includes a small bottle (usually 2-4 oz) with the yellow liquid and attached thermometer strip, as well as a warm pack and a rubber band. The product was brought to one of the San Antonio laboratories for examination where it successfully passed the standard test. However, the result was not conclusive since the owner of the lab said they have special test to check whether the urine is fake or not in case of suspicion. To prove this, he administered an adulterant test to the sample and the synthetic urine failed. But this adulterant test is usually carried out only in case of the lab recommendation to the employer when they have any suspicions with the sample given. Laboratories constantly innovate and develop drug testing technology to further enhance its sensitivity, however synthetic urine manufacturers are also improving their formulas to deceive labs and benefit customers.

Because of the growing controversy regarding the legality of synthetic urine, Texas State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer amended the House Bill 1212, including fake urine in the list of illegal synthetic substances. Martinez stated that it has to be illegal to distribute and manufacture synthetic urine with the intention of passing drug screening tests. Drug Court Magistrate Ernie Glenn supports the ban, however doubts it will have significant effect saying that drugs like marijuana, heroin, meth and others are already illegal, but people still using them despite prohibition.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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Researchers Used Synthetic Urine To Develop Test For Urinary Tract Diseases

According to latest science research from Analytical Methods, new urine testing tool, which was successfully tested on synthetic urine samples, can almost immediately recognize such dangerous illnesses like kidney disease and prostate cancer.

Notwithstanding that scientists from Brigham Young University have already developed a technology to monitor flow distances of urine in microfluidic devices, this newest discovery creates absolutely new model, which essentially extends the previous one. BYU researchers designed device, which can measure unamplified DNA analogs of miRNAs molecules. MiRNAs are specific biomarkers in human body whose quantity is changed in such abnormal conditions, like kidney disease and prostate cancers. After inserting nucleic acid receptors into microchannel surfaces, the scientists were capable to measure how the actual flow distance of urine depends on target concentrations of DNA in both synthetic urine and lab made samples.

urine testing tool

Flow distance and time were found to correlate with target levels, and this was recognized as a signal of the existence of disease. A significant advantage of the newly developed tool is that it does not produce false positive results, as the extraneous synthetic materials in the urine never influence the flow of liquid throughout the pipes unlike the diseased biomarker.

As research team chief Adam Woolley said: “The aim was to identify these biomarkers at minimal levels, what usually can be at the early stages of the diseases where they are hardly starting to display, and thus difficult to detect. In specific, we’ve been searching for any DNA related to kidney diseases or prostate cancers.“

Like usual home pregnancy test identifies molecules in the urine that indicate pregnancy, this newly developed tool will be able to display not only the existence of miRNA molecules but their concentrations also.

Present ways of identifying these types of biomarkers are not economical and too much complicated to be widely used like bench top devices. The next stage of the research after testing on synthetic urine is to test the pipes on real human urine samples to check if the diseases can really be found using this method. The technology is patent pending now, but Brigham Young University is already working on improving it.
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Monday, April 13, 2015

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New Report Shows Synthetic Urine Usage Increased In 2015

In accordance to workplace drug testing report of Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS), synthetic urine usage has increased in the 1st quarter of 2015 if compared to 1st quarter of 2014, but still stays stable at 0.9% from the last quarter of previous year.

Synthetic urine is a commercial product, which is created to calibrate drug testing equipment, but also used to hide illegal substance use in drug tests.

“We were a little bit amazed to see the increased level of synthetic urine usage as it reduced substantially last few years after we found a method to identify it in 2010. I could merely guess that there are new modern brands in the marketplace, which have improved undetectable formula,” explained Carl Linden, who is working as scientific director of toxicology at DLS.

synthetic urine use increased in 2015

Laboratory reports also about the most prevailing detected drugs trends: use of amphetamine, a lot more commonly called “meth”, has grown to 0.9% from 0.6% in 1st quarter last year, but did not increase from the last quarter of 2014 as compared to 1st quarter of this year.

“It’s a frustration. You can see one drug increase, another decrease, and you realize that it doesn’t actually going to end,” said Linden. “That’s a big problem, because drug use doesn’t look like reducing.”

Marijuana remains the most used drug and its detection, as the result that most often appears in workplace drug testing, remains stable this year at 2.5 %, similarly to the last quarter of 2014. Opiate usage decreased from 0.4% to 0.2%, and also cocaine has remained in the 0.2 - 0.3 % range for 5 consecutive quarters. DLS’ quarterly report usually includes data taken from seven to ten thousand tested samples.

Although few states already unallowed a number of kinds of ‘legal’ synthetic drugs, like bath salts, they cannot be subject of test during usual workplace drug testing procedure in accordance with federal and state rules. Nevertheless, in special cases, like demand of a physician, test for synthetic drugs can be conducted.

Diagnostic Laboratory Services is a medical testing laboratory that provides a wide range of routine and even hidden test services, including test for synthetic urine and other adulteration checks, as well as the latest forensic toxicology and drug abuse testing services in the Hawaii. The organization employs above 500 people and has branches all through Hawaii, Guam as well as Saipan.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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How To Pass A Urine Test

For the past two decades, urine tests have become more and more popular around the world as companies put new emphasis on having drug-free environments. From governmental organizations like the Department of Transportation in the United States, to regular companies both large and small, the urinalysis is the go-to method for drug testing.

The Essentials

The urine drug test is a two-step process - the first step is getting the sample and the second one is testing it in for a certain substances. First check is usually done with EMIT assay dip strip test just by dipping it into the sample cup. In case of a positive result, the second confirmatory test using a different methodology called Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry is done in an accredited lab.

urine drug test in a lab

Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay Technique (EMIT) was introduced first in 1973 and is widely used nowadays for detection of drugs and proteins in urine. The process involves combining a sample suspected of containing certain drug with the enzyme substrate and concentration of antibodies. After waiting short time for binding, the rate of colour is measured and the concentration of drug is determined by comparing it with the rates produced by the previously tested known concentrations of the same drug.

If the result is positive, the GC-MS test is done to identify trace elements and byproducts (metabolites) of drugs with help of special laboratory equipment to prevent any sort of mistakes and prove the presence of illicit substances in the sample for sure.

Another important test is the adulteration check, which is done to determine if the specimen is genuine and has not been faked, diluted, substituted or had drug traces in the urine masked in any other way. There are several things tested in an adulteration test, including:

  1. The level of creatinine in the sample. If a person attempts to drink an excessive amount of water or uses various diuretic products and teas to flush his urine, he will have lower creatinine as compared to normal level of about 15-20 mg of human body mass.
  2. Specific Gravity. This is another sign of dilution of the urine as well as any other tampering. Considering that the normal level should be between 1.003 and 1.030, any deviation from this range will be the evidence of cheating attempts.
  3. PH. Normal pH is going to be between 4.0 and 9.0, so if the sample has been altered in any way, that number will be outside of the given range.
  4. Glutaraldehyde. Many urine masking agents sold to beat drug tests contain glutaraldehyde, which is not found in human urine naturally and its presence can be a sign of an attempt to beat a drug test.
  5. Nitrate. Also not found naturally in human urine testify the possible attempt to cheat the drug test.
  6. Uric Acid. The absence of uric acid proves that fake pee was used to substitute the original sample.
There are dozens of drugs that might be tested for with urine tests but the most common are marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and various opiates. All of them have different detection times, for example traces of marijuana usually stay in urine during one week (in rare cases up to month); cocaine is detectable during 2-3 days; meth 4-6 days; heroin, morphine and opium 2-4 days; LSD just one day etc. Exact detection times vary considerably depending on personal metabolism and quantity of consumed substance.

There are two known methods to pass a urine test for marijuana as well as for any other drug for those who used it but want to get negative result.

1. Urine Substition

The most common way is to substitute your specimen with clean one, and the cheapest and easiest substitution is to get the urine of someone else. The problem with this method is that it can be hard to find person who has clean pee and ready to give it to you. And even if you do find someone, you need to receive a sample almost immediately, because if you wait too long, even a few hours, the urine will foam, change color, odor and consistency as well as temperature, which is a tell-tale sign that it has been taken long time before test.

Luckily we have more usable option, which is growing in popularity and it is synthetic urine. This artificial substance is used by testing labs as a means of calibration of urine testing equipment, since the machines cannot be calibrated by human urine because each person’s urine is different and they need some basic sample. Comparing with real urine, fake pee is a much better choice for laboratory needs, as it has long shelf life, does not foam, does not stink and has permanent consistency.

In order to pass the drug test with synthetic urine, you need to do a few things. First of all, make sure your product contains uric acid, as this is something that labs are now testing for because of the rise of using artificial urine for cheating. If your sample does not have uric acid, the test is going to come back as a fail because of possible fraud. The second thing to do is to heat your specimen in a microwave and attach it to your body to keep it close to human body temperature. Most synthetic urine kits have special rubber band, heating pad and thermometer for this purpose.

All in all, it can be hard to get away with using this depending on circumstances, but it is one’s best bet for passing a urine test when using the substitution method. Synthetic urine can be purchased online .

2. Urine Cleansing

Urine cleansing is another proven method to beat a drug test and it requires accurate following few important steps.

The first thing you should do in case your test is not sudden, but pre-announced few days before is stop taking any drugs and toxic products immediately. Unless you are habitual user, most drugs will pass from your system within a few days in natural way.

The next step is cleansing your kidneys and bladder by drinking a lot of fluids. Drinking is a great way to flush your system not only because it is passing clean liquids through your body cells, but it is also going to cause you to urinate on a regular basis, thus washing out more toxins from your body and leaves your kidneys and urine clean as a whistle. Frequent urinating makes your urine look pale, so it is recommended to take B vitamins before test to color it yellow.

Aspirin is useful for first check test, as it interferes with EMIT assay and decreases its signals. Take about 1.3g 4 hours before deadline.

You can also take special detox drinks that will cleanse your body of all toxins. The great thing about these products is that they not only contain diuretics, which will help you urinate frequently, but also include all required vitamins and minerals that make your pee yellow and are beneficial for overall health. These drinks are very effective and available online in a wide range.

Even after thorough body cleansing, you should never use the urine from your first urination of the day, because it is loaded with toxins that have accumulated over the course of a night. Urinate at least once before going to drug test and if you followed all instructions carefully, you will pass it easily.
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Monday, January 5, 2015

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Synthetic Urine Helps Scientists To Develop New Diagnostic Technology

Fake urine remains an indispensable tool in laboratories for important experiments on methods of testing urine for early detection of different dangerous diseases.

Uric acid is not only the main part of quality synthetic urine, but also an important indicator of various disease processes in human system. When the body breaks down substances called purine nucleotides, uric acid is produced and normally dissolves into the blood and travels to the kidneys to be passed in urine. Both high and low levels of uric acid can indicate a malfunctioning of body processes. Low levels may indicate the inability of the kidneys to pass uric acid which may lead to kidney damage or multiple sclerosis. High levels may be an indicator of several serious processes such as, cardiovascular disease, metastasized cancer, disorders of bone marrow, gout, diseases which involve the breakdown of muscles, as well as several syndromes such as Lesch-Nyhan and Fanconi.

Another serious disease that is associated with the abnormal level of uric acid is the Preeclampsia, which remains a primary reason of maternal death in developing countries, and in view of the fact that its causes are still uncertain, early detection has continued to be a significant challenge. Preeclampsia is a complicated pregnancy condition which involves dangerously high blood pressure called hypertension, and may also include swelling in the face and hands, severe headaches, nausea, impaired kidney function, abdominal pain, weight gain, and changes to vision. Although signs of preeclampsia may progress gradually, the preponderance of its symptoms appear with sudden onset making early detection crucial for treatment options.

Important hallmarks of preeclampsia are protein in the urine and hypertension. Traditional methods used in detection of protein in urine, like fluorescence-based immunoassays, can take up to few days to produce results, lack the portability necessary to be accessible in developing countries, and are only useful in diagnosing preeclampsia during late stages.

Uric acid as a marker of hypertension has been increasingly identified as a potential early warning sign of preeclampsia, so scientists of Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia have now developed portable diagnostic technology, which uses electrochemical surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to detect high levels of uric acid in urine. For enhanced detection of the uric acid molecules, the researchers developed a test surface with layers of gold and silver nanoparticles on a commercial carbon electrode. They applied voltage across the electrode boosting the interactions between uric acid and the surface. This process amplified the uric acid’s characteristic SERS signal.

synthetic urine testing

The researchers have been tested several synthetic urine samples containing various uric acid concentrations under 1 millimolar (mM), in which a level of 0.4 mM or above served as a potential indicator of preeclampsia. These tests have detected a consistently linear correlation between the levels of uric acid and SERS signals, indicating that this diagnostic method has the potential to quantify the biomarker.

With uric acid level being an important indicator of health, in regards to early detection of preeclampsia, as well as other diseases and syndromes, the new portable screening method, which was invented by testing of synthetic urine samples, could have many potential benefits for healthcare in developing countries.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Synthetic Urine Usage Increased

The use of synthetic urine in the workplace appears to be on the rise if reports from several states are anything to go by. Going by trendy names such as ‘Ultra Pure’, this synthetic urine is easy to come by and is available in pharmacies countrywide over the counter. While numerous inconceivable ways of passing drug test have been discovered ever since the advent of drug testing, there now seems to be a surge in the number of reported cases. Case in point is the state of Hawaii that has seen a two fold increase in reported cases over the last one year leaving employers at a loss on how to deal with the situation.

This increase may be due to development of new formulas of this urine that are popping up in the market that are able to circumvent laboratory tests designed to detect synthetic urine. Since most of these tests are relatively outdated with some dating back to 2010, they are at times unable to detect newest formulas. Such is the confidence manufacturers have in their products that they have gone as far as to advertise that they are virtually undetectable. Armed with a home drug testing kit, employees are able to test the reliability of the product purchased. Countless drugs from so called gateway drug marijuana, to hard drugs including opiates, cocaine and methamphetamine are given the all clear proving that synthetic urine works and giving employers sleepless nights as they ponder on the efficiency of those who work under them.

synthetic urine use

While some states require that persons under parole have a probation officer present when providing a urine sample for visual inspection, this law however, does not extend to the workplace and so employees can employ such tactics to evade a positive test. Observers are of the view that legal action needs to be taken to stem this vice with certain measures been proposed including banning of sale of these synthetic urine kits. That been said however, laws are in place in several states prohibiting their sale such as in Arkansas, Illinois and Maryland meaning possession and use of the synthetic urine is outlawed. While this may well help in resolving the situation, people will come up with cleverer ways of subverting the system and the debate continues about whether or not to ban these products. What with corrupt officials allowing employees to pass tests? Or more intrusive methods like self catheterization? It seems authorities will have a lot to do with people thinking of newer ways to pass tests. Knowing the methods in use to beat the system will undoubtedly come in handy if something is to be done to do away with cheating in drug tests.

All in all, with the demand for this ‘fake urine’ rising and the trend seemingly catching on in workplaces all over, it seems the argument to take these products offs the shelves becoming more popular. However, with others of a different opinion, and with the debate among lawmakers raging on, it looks like employees are set to enjoy the pleasures of synthetic urine for a while longer.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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Can You Get Fired For Using Synthetic Urine?

As what the name implies, synthetic urine is artificially synthesized urine, which is available for purchase over the counter and in online stores. Gaining a worldwide popularity, synthetic urine is employed by drug users with a view to pass urine drug test. But the impending question they may ask: Can I get fired if I use synthetic urine during the drug test?

It should be mentioned that not only the utilization, but even possession of synthetic urine is considered a felony and punishable by the criminal justice system in many states. If you get caught by officials using a fake urine or if your employer found out about this, you may get fired and lose not only your job, but your freedom also!


Best Way To Pass Drug Test

Urinalysis is widely used for pre-employment and workplace drug testing and its conduction depends upon the nature of work, or the type of job. It also used to test parolees, welfare recipients and for other purposes. Experienced drug users always devise a plan on how to not get caught, and the best plan here is to use clean urine sample from friends or to buy a bottle of synthetic urine.

Synthetic urine is available in a lot of online stores, so anyone can get access to it and use at will. Nonetheless, many companies selling the product caution consumers that it is only a novelty item, and it is not designed to tamper with a drug test, only for pranks and fun. Why they do so?

Punishable By Law

As usage of synthetic urine for cheating drug test grows, certain laws have been passed on by legislative bodies of states regarding its sale and usage. One case in point is the Indiana law which states that possession, production and sale of any substance, which may interfere with drug screening, is considered a crime. Such ruling was promulgated in 2005 when police officials have discovered that more and more inmates and parolees were using fake urine to pass federally mandated drug tests. In Illinois, on the other hand, cheating in drug tests is considered a case of felony under House Bill. According to the legislation, any person who gets caught to use another person’s urine or synthetic urine with the intent to cheat on drug test can be fined of minimum $1,000 and even sent to prison. Merchants who likewise sold the product online and shipped to any Illinois customer could likewise be charged under the aforementioned legislation.

Employers Stance

So, the question is, can an employer dismiss a worker after being caught using a synthetic urine to adulterate drug test sample?

All medical examinations at workplace are regulated by Americans with Disabilities Act, but drug tests are not considered “medical”, so employers have right to optionally screen for drugs any employee, not to mention safety-sensitive job positions such as mechanics, drivers and pilots, who are tested mandatory. According to workplace rights lawyers, an employer has the right to fire the at-will employee not only for using, but even for possession of synthetic urine. At-will employment is used in all states except Montana and means that employer can fire employee for any reason, in case he does not have contract which requires specific reasons for firing.


To end, there is no better way to pass a urine drug test except to refrain from using illicit drugs. But if you still decided to use fake pee, be careful! Laboratories at present are equipped with high-tech devices, which can detect low-quality synthetic urine. Use only high-quality products and follow the guidelines accurately. Otherwise, you can get fired or even end up in jail.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Discovery And Usage Of Synthetic Urine

Urine is a honey-colored liquid that is secreted by the body through urethra. It is a blood by-product, a result of body processes and chemical reactions, and like any by-product it can be either useful or a waste. Every day a single person can excrete up to 70 oz or 2 liters of urine. While urine seems to be nothing but just a waste, it has actually a thousand of uses. This article describes the practical uses of urine and how fake urine can be a real aid in the realm of drug testing.
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