Drug abuse is a worldwide concern that companies, employers and families have been battling for over a decade. Readily available drug testing kits have made the battle against drugs easier, especially since early detection of drug use can potentially stop kids from escalating into more dangerous drugs or even keep employers from hiring drug users.
There are, however, many ways by which drug users try to cheat drug tests–from submitting someone else’s urine sample to putting different adulterants like vinegar or bleach to make drug use undetectable. Some even choose to take detox drinks days before testing so their urine sample gives negative test results. But do these detox drinks really work? Read on to learn why detox drinks don’t work in drug tests.
1. They have other substances that can be detected. Some detox drinks contain a lot of caffeine, which is a diuretic and can make you pee more, thereby lessening the concentration of the drug in your system. Others contain additional chemicals with claims that these can help you cheat drug tests. Caffeine and other chemicals, such as Nitrites and Gluterahyde (used in some drug blocking products) can be detected by using caffeine or adulteration strips, which come optional in drug testing kits.
2. Detox drinks do not eliminate toxins from the body. There is a misconception that detox drinks eliminate drugs and their metabolites from your body. But these products do not make the drugs disappear magically from your system. The only way to remove drugs from your system is to flush them out naturally (the body uses kidneys, liver and spleen to get rid of toxins) and water is the only best, most practical way to do this.
3. Too much water dilutes urine. Drinking large amounts of water is a good way to help your kidneys flush out unwanted substances and toxins, such as illegal drugs, from your system. Many drug users choose to drink lots of water before testing in the hopes of lessening the concentration of drugs in their system enough so that it falls below cut-off levels. But drinking water to dilute urine also removes natural substances found in your urine such as Creatinine and adulteration kits can check if the levels of Creatinine are not normal. Also, there is such a thing as overdosing on water. People have been hospitalized because of water overdose.
4. Detox drinks can be dangerous. Most detox drinks contain Niacin and B-complex vitamins, which help the body eliminate toxins faster and helps urine retain its original minerals, color and substances. (Remember, watered down or diluted urine will raise alarm bells). However, too much Niacin and B-complex vitamins can be bad for you. Too much Niacin (or B3) can cause peptic ulcers, hyperglycemia and even gout, while too much B-complex vitamins can cause numbness in hands and feet, memory problems and headaches.
There are a lot of detox drinks being sold and advertised over the Internet promising instant cleansing of toxins as well as drugs and their metabolites from your system. Most, if not all of them, are just hacks that are out to steal money from gullible drug users who want to cheat drug tests. The only surefire way to get a negative drug test result is to stay away from drugs, and the more this message is spread, the greater the chances of winning the war against drugs.