the north face arctic parka ‘Clean’ urine bought online for drug screenings tested in ASSIGNMENT 13 investigation
“You can see that we have lines going across the top and that’s the control, the one below it is the test. And they tell me they’re all negative. So your sample is negative,” Olson said.
Yep, it passed.
But not all that glitters is gold.
After one hour on the heating pad, the fake stuff failed getting to a normal body temperature and that blew the entire test.
“The specimen would be rejected due to low temperature. So we wouldn’t have gone any further in the testing at this point,” Olson said.
The tester said when screeners find urine that’s not the right temperature; they make people do the test again.
“It’s unconscionable to me that there would be a cottage industry out there, but there is, on how to defeat a urine based drug test,” said Don Osterberg, Senior Vice President of Safety and Security for Schneider National.
Schneider National is a trucking company headquartered in Green Bay.
Their trucks roll through the Chippewa valley and all over the country. It’s just one of many transportation companies to require hair tests for drug screenings.
Urine tests only show drug use that goes back 30 days but hair tests go back 90.
Since starting hair tests in March, 2008, Osterberg said Schneider has done 43,000 pre employment screenings.
The company said 1,525 potential drivers tested positive for drugs using a hair test.
From that 1,525,
the urine test caught only 127.
“The good news is there’s commercial drivers who are drug abusers who aren’t driving an organge Schneider truck today, but in all likelihood they’re driving a commercial truck, and they’re on the highways with our families,” Osterberg said.
Osterberg said he’d like the federal government to mandate hair tests for truck drivers.
“The day has come for hair testing for drugs. It’s a better test, it’s a more effective, reliable test,” Osterberg said.
But urine testing remains the gold standard.
Olson said until we transition to hair tests, screeners know how to weed out fakers by watching for suspicious behavior, checking IDs, making them empty pockets, and listening closely.
“People’s behavior shows their true colors over time. So you might be able to fool a test once and a while. But in the long run it’s pretty tough to fool an employer or whoever you’re testing for,” Olson said.
We reached out to Spectrum Labs to see what they had to say about our test but never heard back.
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