There are currently 17 stores in Franklin County where synthetic urine and drug detox kits are available to purchase.
State Rep. Nathan Tate, R-St. Clair, says he wants to ban the products statewide and will file legislation next month to that effect.
“It’s sad people have the wherewithal to buy these detox kits, but not get help,” Tate said. “Although it’s not illegal to buy it, we can make it illegal to sell it.”
At a store in Washington, a 3-ounce supply of synthetic urine costs about $20 and a 2-ounce bottle of special shampoo designed to remove “toxins” from the hair costs about $15.
Currently, Missouri does not have any laws restricting the sales of synthetic urine and it does have uses other than cheating on drug tests.
It is packaged as an adult fetish novelty and also can be used to calibrate some drug-testing equipment.
“I don’t know of anyone going to liquor stores to buy sex toys,” Tate said.
Hundreds of similar detox products can be found online, as well as recipes for home production of synthetic urine.
Because of the other described uses, only about 15 states have passed laws restricting its sale.
In April, the governor of Indiana signed a bill making it a misdemeanor for store owners to knowingly sell products designed to fraudulently pass drug or alcohol tests.
As the Dec. 1 early filing date approaches, Tate is going into his second legislative session with a new sense of confidence and has an aggressive list of bills he plans to file or is researching for 2018.
Drug masking will be first with a closer look at what can be done to limit and eliminate human trafficking also high on the list.
“There is only so much we can do legislatively,” Tate said. “So, I’m working with some other organizations on that topic.”
• Establishing a statewide police officer appreciation week will be on Tate’s legislative agenda after he was given the idea from a law enforcement officer.
“It’s a tough, tough time to be a police officer,” Tate said. “A great way to show support would be to give them a week every year.”
• In 2018, Tate will again file a bill to allow the inclusion of Franklin County into the Bi-State Development Agency. A bill with the exact same language was filed last year and narrowly missed passage due to time of the session expiring.
“I expect it to pass without problems,” Tate said. “I’m going to talk to the House Democrats and hopefully amendments won’t be added to it this time around.”
On the Radar
Tate said he also plans to research bills on cybersecurity to prevent hackers from stealing minors’ information and opening lines of credit opened in their name without any consent from their parents.
He also wants to look into car insurance accountability to assure residents maintain their insurance at all times.
Tate said many people are purchasing insurance just long enough to obtain plates and licenses then canceling the service and driving uninsured.
Currently the only way this is detected is when they are involved in a crash or stopped by police for other violations.
Tate is also interested in eliminating vehicle emission testing, daylight saving time and will be taking a closer look at what classifications or restrictions can be placed on service animals.