Synthetic urine could soon be illegal

By Christina Ramey 

INDIANAPOLIS – Synthetic urine is causing problems for companies trying to drug testing employees.

“We definitely see a lot of people using these products on a day to day basis,” Tiffany Ellefson, ‎vice president at Midwest Toxicology Services, said. The Midwest Toxicology Service, an organization based in Indianapolis, helps companies manage their drug test programs.

Rep. Greg Beumer, R-Modoc, brought a box of synthetic urine to show to committee members. Photo by Christina Ramey,

Under current Indiana law, synthetic urine can be sold legally, but House Bill 1104 would make it illegal.  

“Our offices have collection sites where people can come in to take a drug test and we took a 100 people walking in for a test,” Ellefson told the Corrections and Criminal Law committee Tuesday, “and we’ll see four or five of them making attempts to try and beat a test.”

Lawmakers spent a few minutes trying to determine if there are any legitimate, legal reasons for someone to use synthetic urine.

“I could see where maybe, just maybe, that you could use it around your garden to keep animals out of your garden,” Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, said.

Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, suggested that it could be used for hunting. But in the end, those ideas didn’t persuade the committee.

Selling the fake urine would be a misdemeanor offense if the proposal becomes law.

Lawmakers are drafting an amendment to clear up some of the language in the bill and expect to discuss the legislation again next week.

Christina Ramey is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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