The number of Hawaii residents attempting to use fake urine to trick workplace drug tests is at its highest point since 2012, according to recent drug test data from Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc.

The company used data from 7,000 to 10,000 drug tests conducted in Hawaii during the third quarter of this year. The results show that approximately 1 percent of Hawaii’s employees or job applicants used fake urine in an attempt to mask drug use – up about 25 percent from last year.

The number of people using synthetic urine to mask drug use dropped as low as .3 percent in 2013 after the Diagnostic Laboratory Services figured out how to detect it.

But recent data shows that since then, the use of fake urine is again on the rise.

Positive test results for methamphetamine and marijuana use is down compared to last year – a 22 percent drop in meth use, and a 21 percent drop in marijuana use, according to the data.

“Though workforce ice (meth) usage in Hawaii has stabilized, we should not lose sight of the fact that we are still approximately four times above the mainland average among workers being tested,” said Carl Linden, scientific director of toxicology at Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc., in a press release. 

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