Teens resort to drinking bleach to pass drug tests

Bleach Drug Tests

It’s one thing to accidentally ingest bleach, as one of my friends recently claimed to have done, but surely no one would do so on purpose, right? However, some teenagers in Alabama have been ingesting it to pass drug tests.

The idea behind this is that bleach will wash away any drugs in your system. But officials are warning people that swallowing the household chemical could cause abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

“We have had cases where they have ingested straight bleach, and it caused significant damage to their body,” said Sergeant Joe Mahoney with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.

Drug tests also have gotten sophisticated and can determine the presence of foreign chemicals.

“Specific gravity tests will let us know the urine is not just pure urine coming from the body or if these other compounds are present or if there is a tremendous amount of water in the system where they’ve tried to flush the system,” Mahoney added.

Mahoney said there is one way to pass a drug test: Do away with illegal substances.

If you suspect that your teenage child is addicted to drugs, do not waste time in bringing him or her to a drug addiction center for testing and subsequent treatment.