Wee fright: Sunshine Coast Daily editor drug tested
WITH Mooloolaba Triathlon competitors this weekend set to undergo extensive testing for performance-enhancing drugs, the Daily's Jenna Cairney and Scott Sawyer decided to get first-hand experience of undergoing a drug test.
TechniTest's Kerry-Anne de Jager was kind enough to offer her services for the afternoon, and while it wasn't a performance-enhancement test, Kerry-Anne, who conducts workplace drug and alcohol testing for Coast and Queensland businesses, was able to test us for a range of illicit drugs and the abuse of prescribed medication and alcohol.
While they don't yet conduct testing of professional athletes, TechniTest - as a rapidly growing business in the drug and alcohol testing industry - will in the near future be providing the service to sporting organisations.
Kerry-Anne said such testing was vital to occupational health and safety, as workers impaired by drugs or alcohol posed a threat to all.
She explained some of the science behind illicit drug testing and the difficulties that lay in trying to change the perception that recreational substances are safe to use, and would not affect personnel in the workplace.
And so to the Daily's test. Scott Sawyer was the first to submit a sample.
"With a reassuring look, Kerry-Anne handed me the cup.
"The fact I'd been holding on for about four hours had me concerned the amount of pee I had built up was going to be far more than it could hold.
"With Kerry-Anne standing at a respectful distance, but close enough to ensure I wasn't cheating the test, it was time to deliver.
"No stage fright for this guy, just straight into the cup; the only difficulty was forcing a mid-stream stop to get the fast-filling cup out of the way.
"End result, passed with flying colours, and my pee, a toasty 37C I learnt, was within the normal range for colouration and hydration.
"Good news if I'm ever stuck in the desert I guess, but can't say I'd enjoy that experience too much if I was a professional athlete having to undergo regular, and possibly other, more invasive or stringent testing."
Jenna takes the test
"IT WAS a long and uncomfortable afternoon waiting for the drug test.
"At the best of times I forget to leave my desk to take a break until the very last minute, so when Scott said we were being tested at 4.30pm, all of a sudden I realised I'd had at least six cups of coffee and hadn't spent a penny once.
"Of course, the wait was made all the worst by the fact Scott seemed to take forever to do his test.
"In reality - I should stress - he was really quick.
"But as I stood standing outside the drug testing van in the Sunshine Coast Daily car park, the office fountain bubbling in the background, I became increasingly nervous.
"Not because I knew there was a chance of a positive test but because, you see, I'm prone to stage fright.
"You know those girls who go into cubicles together in nightclubs - that was never me.
"Even if there's someone in the cubicle next door, I can't go. "Thankfully the tester kindly stepped out of the van for me to fill my cup.
"And actually, it wasn't that bad at all.
"Indeed I feel like I was a little unnecessarily dramatic."
More information at http://www.technitest.org.