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Your View: Designer Drugs Need Constant Vigilance
“Visibility and awareness are very important in the fight against designer drugs.” Cynthia Whiteman, Norchem Senior Analyst.
Arizona Daily Sun – October 30, 2011

New lab test detects 4 common types of Spice
“As specific drugs are detected with our techniques, you’ll see a decline in their use.” Bill Gibbs, Norchem CEO.
KSL-TV Salt Lake City – November 19, 2010

Can Eating Poppy Seeds Make You Fail a Drug Test?
“It’s not a myth at all,” explains Cynthia Whiteman, a senior analyst at Norchem. Food News – October 2010

  • These siblings are facing an agonising gene test dilemma to... May 25, 2015
    Anne Meara, Ben Stiller's mother and wife of comedian Jerry, dies at the age of 85 after decades as a Hollywood star Still on the loose: Police reveal they have yet to capture 'accomplices' that helped suspect 'torture and murder' DC family as they release four people arrested on Thursday U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller sacrificed atte […]
  • Conquering addiction: Examining the link between drugs and crime May 24, 2015
    Information on Alcoholics Anonymous, including meeting location and time can be accessed at or round the clock at 1-800-640-7545. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug use is implicated in at least five types of drug-related offense: WILKES-BARRE - In light of recent drug-related crime, some Wyoming Val […]
  • Drunk surgeons, cocaine parties and women offering sex for... May 24, 2015
    The REAL purpose of Memorial Day: One photographer's poignant images that bring home the sacrifices made by U.S. servicemen ISIS slaughters 400 mostly women and children in ancient Syria city of Palmyra where hundreds of bodies line the street Mothers are losing the ability to give birth naturally and breastfeed their babies claims leading doctor who bl […]
  • Change of area' might do him good May 24, 2015
    Hickman, 20, most recently of Greenwich, started a 15-day jail sentence Wednesday for a two-count probation violation. He has another 45 days of discretionary time hanging over his head, but any further offenses could result in an 18-month prison term.
  • Trio plead guilty to residential burglary May 23, 2015
    Daniel Reeves, 34, of Peru, Kelsi Potochney, 19, and Nathan McIntyre, 18, both of Princeton were placed on TASC probation for a period of five years and ordered to serve six months in the Bureau County Jail and pay fines, fees and costs of $732. The three individuals were ordered to attend alcohol and drug counseling and periodic drug testing.
  • Austin Fire Dept contract ups pay for bilingualism, longevity May 23, 2015
    The new Austin Fire Department Collective Bargaining Agreement that City Council Members are being asked to approve at their June 4 meeting shows new wage increases including a larger bonus for firefighters who are able to speak both English and Spanish. The union okayed the deal last week.
  • Probability, Manipulation, And Random Drug Testing May 23, 2015
    Many employers - particularly, those in the transportation industry - use third party vendors to do the random selections for federally mandated drug and alcohol tests. I think it's a great idea, because it prevents employees from claiming that they were selected for "random" testing in a not-very-random process.
  • Lufthansa mulls spot medical checks on pilots: CEO May 22, 2015
    Lufthansa's chief said Friday the German airline is considering the possibility of regular spot medical checks for pilots, after one deliberately crashed a jet over the French Alps in March, killing all 150 on board. "Unannounced checks" could be a "possible means" to ascertain whether pilots were regularly taking anti-depressives, w […]
  • Random Drug Tests Could Be Coming for East Allen County Schools May 22, 2015
    FORT WAYNE, IN The new school year could bring some changes for students in East Allen County Schools. If approved, students could be randomly drug tested.
  • Drug testing for meetings? Not me, buster May 22, 2015
    The other day I was at a large company's administrative head office. I was there to represent a client at an employment disciplinary hearing.
  • Embattled FDNY Firefighter Scores Another Jackpot May 22, 2015
    Twelve-year FDNY firefighter Kevin Simpkins - the public face for a racial-discrimination class action by minority firefighters the city settled for $98 million - has won another jackpot from the de Blasio administration. Under a settlement finalized with the city and filed in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday, the litigious firefighter will r etire at a 7 […]
  • Edwin Bruno Johns May 22, 2015
    Lost: Big yellow Lab disappeared from my home on Sunday May 17. North 181 @775 area. "Sammy" Reward.
  • Federal judge denies bond for alleged Waveland pill mill doctor May 22, 2015
    A federal judge has denied bond for a Waveland doctor accused of running an illegal pill mill. According to court documents, Dr. Steve Morris' family lives in Thailand, and he had planned a trip to the country this summer.
  • Our Say: Weighing up the risks of calling the dog squad to your home May 22, 2015
    THERE are scores of products on the market that can detect the use of illegal drugs, but the temptation for parents to bring in a sniffer dog to search a teenager's room should be tempered against the damage to a relationship that could be caused by such an action. In the workforce it is easy to couch compulsory drug tests in terms of workplace health a […]
  • Mobile pain doctor nabbed on drug charges in 'Operation Pillution' pleads not guilty May 22, 2015
    The Mobile pain doctor who federal authorities nabbed as part of a national crack down on prescription drug abuse pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Mobile. Dr. John Patrick Couch agreed to undergo drug tests, surrender his passport and cease all contact with customers, colleagues and potential witnesses in the criminal […]
  • District supervisor resigns amid drug testing May 22, 2015
    A transportation area supervisor with the School Board of Highlands County has resigned with prejudice after undergoing a random drug test, according to a school district official. District Human Resources Director Vivianne Waldron said the resignation was based on a random drug test that is done on bus operators and anyone who drives a school bus in accorda […]
  • Indiana residents beware: Smoke legal pot at youra May 22, 2015
    Hoosiers who try marijuana while visiting states where it's legal may risk breaking the law, or possibly losing their jobs, experts say, if they face a blood or urine draw when they return home. Indiana residents beware: Smoke legal pot at your own risk Hoosiers who try marijuana while visiting states where it's legal may risk breaking the law, or […]

Drug Trends in The Criminal Justice Market

Drug use among Norchem’s sampling population has slowly increased over the past five years. Out of all urine samples tested for drugs of abuse, the samples positive for at least one drug increased from 17.4% in 2007 to 20% in 2011.
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Drug Testing Myths “Busted”

The Norchem newsletters of busted drug testing myths has been consolidated for your convenience.


Sentences put on hold over Massachusetts. drug lab scandal
Scandal at a state drub lab puts thousands of criminal cases in jeopardy
AP October 15, 2012

Bath salts to blame for face-eating ‘zombie’ attack in Miami?
The man who chewed the face off a homeless man before being shot to death by police might have been under the influence of bath salts , according to reports from CNN affiliates in Miami.
CNN – May 31, 2012

Maine Strained By Use Of Cocaine-Like ‘Bath Salts’
States across the country continue to fight the spread of a dangerous new drug: bath salts.
NPR – October 18, 2011

Fighting the scourge of ‘pill mills’
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one American dies of a drug overdose every 14 minutes … with a rapidly increasing share of those deaths caused by prescription drugs. It’s the sort of statistic law enforcement officials in one Florida county know about all too well.
CBS Sunday Morning – October 16, 2011