Duping Drug Tests as Resistance

Kenneth D. Tunnell, Eastern Kentucky University

As drug testing pervades employment and pre-employment application processes, a detox industry which manufactures products and devices that aid individuals in passing drug screening, has emerged. These products are designed to produce false negatives urinalysis results. This case study, based on documents and interviews with manufacturers, retailers, consumers and employers, focuses on this indsutry and those who use its products. Consumers apparently are casual marijuana users who do not use drugs during working hours yet resist, through quiet subterfuge, what they define as employers' intrusions into their private drug use. This paper describes the multiple meanings of drug use and containment from these various players and the acts of resistance among worker/consumers of detox products.

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Updated 05/20/2006