Newsbrief: NJ Bans Devices That Defeat Drug Tests 8/16/02

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"What are you in for, kid?" asks the hardened con. "Possession of a Whizzinator, sir," comes the reply. Murder and mayhem it isn't, but under a New Jersey law that took effect this month, possession of any device designed to fool a drug test has become a crime. Even possessing the Whizzinator or any of its devious competitors can get you 18 months and a $10,000 fine. And if you're on probation or parole or -- an apparently equally suspect class -- a state employee, the penalty jumps to three to five years and $15,000.

Selling or manufacturing such products also merits up to five years under the new law, which echoes laws in effect in a handful of other states. Under a 1997 Pennsylvania law, it is a third-degree misdemeanor to sell or use "drug-free urine for the purpose or with the intent or knowledge that the urine will be used for evading or causing deceitful results in a test for the presence of drugs." South Carolina prosecuted Kenneth Curtis for manufacturing such a device last winter (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/218.html#kennethcurtis), and now that Curtis has moved to North Carolina, that state is pondering similar legislation.

Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) director of workplace programs Robert L. Stephenson displayed the inexorable totalitarian logic at work in the war against drug users. If drug users attempt to avoid or alter tests, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer, they cannot be trusted. "It's not that they're a drug user," he said, "but they're trying to beat the system. How are you going to believe anything else they say?"

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