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Police warn about synthetic urine used to pass drug tests

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Three people now face drug charges in relation to the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

His autopsy came back "inconclusive" and it's believed Hoffman died of a heroin overdose. As heroin abuse seems to be more common, users are finding ways to keep their habit a secret even from employers.

Tracy Jeske lost her son to a heroin overdose last May. She says she never suspected him to abuse drugs, but when officers swept the scene they found a synthetic urine kit in his room. Synthetic urine, which is legal in Wisconsin, is a chemical concoction that resembles real drug-free urine. This allows users to pass drug screens.

Authorities say this is something employers need to be aware of.

Synthetic urine is available online and includes a warning right on the box that it is not intended for illegal use. At least 10 states have outlawed synthetic urine.

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