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NCJ Number: 229654 Find in a Library
Title: Research Note: The Security of Urine Drug Testing
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:39  Issue:4  Dated:Fall 2009  Pages:1015-1028
Author(s): Roger G. Johnston; Eric C. Michaud; Jon S. Warner
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined 23 different commercial products used for urine drug testing by government, private industry, and non-government organizations to determine the security effectiveness of these products.
Abstract: The authors studied 23 different commercial products for collecting, storing, securing, and mailing urine samples analyzed for illicit drug use. Despite their tamper-indicating features, all of these products can be quickly and easily tampered with, either before or after sample collection, while leaving little or (usually) no evidence to be detected. Either false-positive or false-negative drug test results could then occur. A brief review of other security practices and standards associated with urine drug testing suggests there may often be additional serious security problems. Given the importance of drug testing and the fact that illicit drug tests have a huge impact on people's careers, livelihoods, and reputations, better security, especially better tamper detection features, would seem warranted. Figures and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Drug testing
Index Term(s): Drug Policy; Drug Use Forecasting system; Employee drug testing; Evidence identification; Urinalysis
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