Drug Testing Reform
The International Paruresis Association is involved in advocating for the rights of people with paruresis who have been unfairly discriminated against in drug testing. Such discrimination may happen in cases of applying for a job, keeping an existing job, being in the criminal justice system as a prisoner or suspect, and for students in school participating in athletics or other activities. Our position is simple: If a person with paruresis needs a drug test for any reason, a method must be provided that doesn’t require a urine sample.
Click here to download a shareable packet of information about Paruresis related to drug testing (2021).
Click here for our latest flyer regarding advocacy for oral fluid specimen drug testing (2022). [Resources continue below video . . .]
If you have been a victim of unfair drug testing practices related to an inability to provide a urine sample, we want to hear from you. We are actively advocating in this topic area now. Fill out our Contact the IPA form and tell us about your situation. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Read on to learn more about this subject.
Modern technology provides several alternatives to urine drug testing, such as oral fluid (saliva), sweat patch, and hair samples. All of these methods can detect illegal drug use, and all of them can be done by completely voluntary means. The main issue with urine testing is that giving a urine sample requires properly-coordinated involuntary nervous system activity, something which is impossible for people with paruresis to do if they are experiencing anxiety.
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This website is NOT a substitute for medical or legal advice and does not constitute the practice of law, medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work, or any other mental health profession. If you are having trouble urinating, you should always contact a physician since difficulty with voiding can be a symptom of a serious medical condition. We are a group of professional people and people who have suffered with paruresis. We have assembled a board and a board of advisors to help people cope with urinary dysfunction that has a psychological or social origin. On this website, we are NOT practicing medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work or any other mental health profession. You should have your doctor evaluate your condition before diagnosing yourself, and seek the appropriate necessary mental health counseling if warranted. IPA, Inc. disclaims any and all legal liability whatsoever.