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Queensland Miners Are Using Fake Penises To Cheat Drug Tests [NSFW]

Urine-based drug tests require a person to be clean of any prohibited substances for 72 hours to pass, but for some this is still far too long. For those people, there’s a huge market selling prosthetic penises and synthetic urine to beat these tests. Some of the most common customers for these products have turned out to be miners in Queensland — where workers are required to undergo mandatory testing while on the job.

Images via passmydrugtest.com.au

While these kits are sold worldwide, a report by Vice shows that Queensland is a hotspot for cheating drug tests. As it is identified as a high risk industry, mining has had a long history of drug and alcohol testing, introduced as a measure to manage potential risks to health and safety. It’s also an industry in which drug and alcohol abuse is a known problem, as chronicled in a 2013 issue of the Australasian Mine Safety Journal. The research cited has shown that miners have often used different strategies to keep ahead of the tests — including the use of synthetic drugs, and drugs like methamphetamines that metabolise quicker than other substances.

Now, thanks to sites like passmydrugtest.com.au, miners can instead use a kit consisting of freeze-dried synthetic urine, heat packs, a refilling syringe and, of course, the fake dick-shaped ‘urinating device’ that comes in various different skin colours.

The kits are strictly to “protect your privacy”, of course. The website makes it quite clear that their products should not be used to mask the use of banned substances, and police have found it incredibly difficult to crack down on the sale of these products. Senior Gold Coast police officer Superintendent Jim Keogh has told the ABC, “In reality, all they’re doing is making a chemical compound in liquid form and selling it. They’re not indicating what the purpose of the purchase is, at the time of selling it, it’s certainly not a dangerous drug. So we’re quite restricted in that area, albeit sitting behind the scenes here is sinister unlawful intent to test clean going onto a work site where you could compromise the safety of your fellow workmates.”

Workplaces may be able to crack down on drug tests on site, of course, with Keogh saying that this could be the way forward for stopping this kind of behaviour. “They could get a medical practitioner to supervise the person who is producing the sample, and that would certainly alleviate the possibility of using a false sample.” This is despite a number of testimonials on PassMyDrugTest.com.au claiming that the fake penis kits even helped them to fool medically supervised tests. Given that the people who are required to take these tests are constantly coming up with new ways to get around them, Tony Graham from Australian Workplace Drug Testing Services says that education, not testing, should be the main focus.

“Spend less on the actual testing, spend more on educating the people this is not a good way to go, this is the sort of testing we can do that will pick it up, if you get picked up cheating you will almost certainly lose your $150,000 a year job.”

[Vice via Techly]


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