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Pissing on demand : workplace drug testing and the rise of the detox industry
Tunnell, Kenneth D.
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New York : New York University Press, [2004]

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vii, 179 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The emergence of drug testing -- The drug testing industry -- The detox industry -- Drug testing as social monitoring and control -- The politics of resistance.

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HF5549.5.D7 T86 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

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Criminal justice professor Tunnell (Eastern Kentucky Univ.) has written an insightful volume that is clearly written, well organized, informative, and interesting. Five chapters examine the emergence of drug testing, the drug-testing industry, the detoxification industry, drug testing as social monitoring and control, and the politics of resistance. Coverage includes the history of drug testing (early to current development); how drug testing is used for surveillance; the financial cost of usage; percentages and types of industries more likely to use testing; the resulting detoxification industry; and, most insightful and informative, methods of resistance employed among workers. This last chapter includes an exhaustive review of detoxification methods (drug-test duping), referred to as passive resistance measures. Beyond the facts and issues about drug testing, the volume's major strength is Tunnell's coverage of the resulting pro and con issues surrounding this topic. One minor flaw is that the author should have more fully interwoven the conflict perspective throughout each of the chapters. Though well presented, the major substance of the conflict perspective would have been better discussed in the first chapter, instead of at the end of the final chapter. ^BSumming Up: Very highly recommended. For anyone researching and/or interested in this subject. P. J. Venturelli Valparaiso University