Pissing on Demand

Workplace Drug Testing and the Rise of the Detox Industry

179 pages

15 illustrations

March, 2004

ISBN: 9780814782811

$26

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Author

Kenneth D. Tunnell teaches at Eastern Kentucky University. His previous books include Living Off Crime, Choosing Crime, and Political Crime in Contemporary America.

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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.

Reviews

  • "Using as his starting point a study of workplace drug testing, Ken Tunnell's Pissing on Demand presents a wide-ranging and thought-provoking discussion of the contemporary erosion of civil liberties. No one can read this fine book without being infuriated and alarmed, challenged and-ultimately-enlightened. A real contribution to democratic discourse."

    —Philip Jenkins, author of Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography on the Internet

  • "An informative and thought-provoking book. Tunnell locates drug testing within its broader social context and in so doing demonstrates the importance of a dynamic and interactive approach to a complex topic. . . . Necessary reading for anyone interested in technology and social control."

    —Gary T. Marx, author of Undercover Police Surveillance in America

  • "Reports on the Orwellian invasion of our privacy by pre-employment and on-the-job surprise drug tests carried out by government agencies, the military, and business firms. The book also provides a comprehensive review of the bustling market in products and tactics to beat the testing regimens. Pissing on Demand needs to be read widely to alert us to the ever-shrinking limits of our personal privacy."

    —Gilbert Geis, author of White-Collar Crime: Classic and Contemporary Views

  • "Tunnell has written an insightful volume that is clearly written, well organized, informative, and interesting."

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  • "Pissing on Demand presents a wide-ranging and thought-provoking discussion of the contemporary erosion of civil liberties. No one can read this fine book without being infuriated and alarmed, challenged and—ultimately—enlightened. A real contribution to democratic discourse."

    —Philip Jenkins, author of Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography on the Internet