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Feb 11, 2016 5:57 PM

Landrigan: Synthetic urine - NH lawmakers moving to ban it.


CONCORD - Synthetic urine - it's a totally fake liquid but with all the elements of real human urine - and it's almost foolproof that you can pass a drug test if you put this into your little cup.

The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday moved to ban the sale of this product that masks how many addicts we really have. We show you the personal tragedy that brought this to light.

"She found him in the morning on the floor from an overdose. What she also found was synthetic urine, pre-packaged synthetic urine in the room," said state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith.

The Senate’s chief budget writer recalls the tragedy of a close supporter whose son died of an overdose.

"And she had no clue. 21-year-old young man who worked on a campaign, my campaign. She had no clue he was using drugs,’’ Forrester said of Judy Tilton, her campaign backer.

Synthetic urine is commonly used for drug tests. You can buy it for up to $30 at some smoke shops and all over the worldwide web.

"Apparently it is very easy. You can get it right over the counter and I also understand you can get it over the Internet as well," Forrester said.

New Hampshire would join 10 states that ban it, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the Northeast. Here it would carry a $500 fine.

Prisoners and ex-cons also getting easy access to it.

"Synthetic urine is a severe problem,’’ said Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester. "It’s a problem within the corrections institutions and outside for parolees and others who have to do that drug test periodically."

Record drug overdoses here give even more urgency to this reform.

"We did the right thing today. We addressed it quickly and all of us know the heroin epidemic is the catalytic agent that is pushing these bills forward," D’Allesandro said.

As sure as Joe Joyce’s forecast this weekend, this synthetic urine bill is going to be fast tracked through the House, Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan said.


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