Pissing on Demand: Workplace Drug Testing and the Rise of the Detox Industry

Pissing on Demand: Workplace Drug Testing and the Rise of the Detox Industry

Pissing on Demand: Workplace Drug Testing and the Rise of the Detox Industry

Pissing on Demand: Workplace Drug Testing and the Rise of the Detox Industry

Synopsis

Drug testing has become the norm in many workplaces. In order to get a job, potential employees are required to provide their urine for testing. Pissing on Demand examines this phenomenon along with the resulting rise of the anti-drug testing movement, or the "detox industry," that works to beat these tests. Strategies include over-the-counter products like "body flushers" that sound innocent but are really designed to mask the presence of illegal drugs to kits advertised in pro-drug publications like High Times that make no bones about their real purpose. The first exposé of the detox industry in all its manifestations, this book is required reading for anyone concerned with social control, privacy, and workers' rights.

Excerpt

After a successful career with the U.S. Air Force, David Lee applies for a pilot's position with United Airlines. About the same time, his seventeenyear-old daughter, Hannah, applies for a part-time clerk's job with her local Walmart. Although qualifications and interview processes are vastly different for these two applicants, each has to comply with one similar corporate policy. Each must, in the presence of a witness, urinate into a specimen cup. For United and Walmart, this final step in the application process yields unequivocal validation of David's and Hannah's abilities to perform their respective duties, regardless of other qualifications that they may possess. And despite David's meritorious career as an air force pilot and Hannah's straight A high school performance and the fact that she is applying for only a part-time clerk's position, the urine sample has the ability to negate all other credentials. For if the sample test results are positive for drug use, each will be denied employment and perhaps forbidden from ever again applying to those corporations.

David's and Hannah's stories often are lost in the political maze of drug-testing policies and procedures. Yet, they are hardly unique, as millions of workers now face similar scrutiny. Pissing on demand is now a widely accepted requirement for employment. In the midst of these new invasive procedures for determining credentials, some job applicants and employees decide to quietly engage in subterfuge. This is their story.

During the past two decades, Americans have witnessed some frightening social and political changes governing drug use. The U.S. government initiated an international war on drugs; a national drug czar was appointed and a White House Office on Drug Abuse created; public expenditures for the war on drugs increased exponentially, from $1.5 billion in 1981 . . .

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