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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

  • 'Session' lands 21-year-old driver six-month disqualification and $1,000 fine February 9, 2016
    DUNCAN James Jones was convicted in Orange Local Court only days before he was caught driving with illicit drugs in his blood. DUNCAN James Jones was convicted in Orange Local Court only days before he was caught driving with illicit drugs in his blood.
  • Arreola's win voided for marijuana in drug test February 9, 2016
    Former two-time heavyweight world title challenger Chris Arreola's tight 12-round split decision victory against Travis Kauffman on Dec. 12 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio was quietly changed to a no-decision on Jan. 5 after Arreola tested positive for marijuana, learned on Monday. It was the second time Arreola has tested positive for ma […]
  • Deputy that slapped teen once failed a drug test February 9, 2016
    A Sandoval County sheriff's deputy, fired for slapping a teenager, was once fired from the Albuquerque Police Department, officials say. PAST.
  • Results are in after drug testing for state assistance in Tennessee February 9, 2016
    Of the 39,121 people applying for Family First aid in Tennessee, only 65 tested positive for illegal substances, the Tennessean reports. This number represents totals since mandatory testing first began in July 2014 for anyone applying for a cash assistance program in the state.
  • N.J. Assembly panel OKs bill to expand random testing of high school... February 8, 2016
    A bill that would expand random testing of high school athletes for steroids and other performance enhancing drugs was approved by a state Assembly committee Monday. The measure, sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vaineri Huttle, D-Englewood, would require coaches to incorporate an anti-steroid component into their training program for student athletes and r […]
  • Beaufort County School district's random testing reveals little drug use February 8, 2016
    The Beaufort County School District's first round of random drug testing of student athletes last fall produced few positive results, officials said last week. Twenty-three of about 1,000 students who were tested from September to December tested positive and only three of them did so twice, chief auxiliary services officer Gregory McCord told school bo […]
  • Research finds no easy answers to use of drug screening for pain patients February 8, 2016
    Doctors who treat patients suffering from chronic pain face a quandary, according to research from the University of Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch. Monitoring patients through urine drug screenings, part of the standard protocol to ensure patient safety, is associated with an increase in the odds that the patients won't return for f […]
  • Drug testing for benefits yields few positive results February 8, 2016
    Officials say less than 0.2 percent of people who have applied for welfare since July 2014 have failed a drug test mandated for some.
  • Special Report: At-home drug testing - what parents need to know February 8, 2016
    At-home drug testing can be a cheap, relatively reliable way to see if a family member or loved one is using drugs, according to several of these product's websites. Some can cost as little as one dollar, while others may be more expensive but offer the ability to test for a wider range of substances.
  • Cannabis Activists: Pot Could Help Cure 1 of NFL's Ills February 7, 2016
    Ken Stabler and Junior Seau were both celebrated players who were posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Some former players believe medical marijuana can help clear their heads, or even treat the often-debilitating symptoms of CTE.
  • Yasir Shah banned for three months for failing drug test February 7, 2016
    Pakistan legspinner Yasir Shah has been banned for three months by the ICC after testing positive for a prohibited substance in December. The bowler will be available to play again after March 27, once the retrospective penalty ends.
  • Senate inches closer to vote on legalization February 6, 2016
    Senate leaders in Montpelier say they're pushing to complete work on a bill to allow recreational marjiuana within two weeks and send it over to the House, but key questions must still be worked out. STEPH: KEY QUESTIONS REMAIN AND STEWART LEDBETTER TELLS US THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR THE SENATE TO ACT.
  • Brazil midfielder Fred given FIFA ban February 6, 2016
    Brazil international midfielder Fred has been banned from all football until June by the sport's world governing body FIFA. The 22-year-old was initially only banned from matches under the jurisdiction of South American confederation CONMEBOL after a positive doping test at last year's Copa America, Xinhua reported.
  • News Focus: i Drugs rife among drivers February 6, 2016
    Beware: Police are stepping up the hunt for drug-impaired drivers with new evidence south-west motorists are testing positive to substances each day. The alarming statistic is clear evidence that drug-driving is a bigger issue than previously thought, with motorists habitually putting themselves and other road users at risk.
  • NY lawmaker: NFL should require synthetic marijuana testing February 6, 2016
    A New York state lawmaker who has sponsored bills targeting synthetic marijuana is calling on the NFL to require players to take drug tests for the substance. State Sen. Jeff Klein on Friday cited reports of NFL players using synthetic marijuana because existing drug screenings don't test for it.
  • Katusha suspends Vorganov for doping test failure February 6, 2016
    Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov was suspended by his Katusha team on Friday for testing positive for meldonium which was only placed on the banned list last month. The 33-year-old becomes the second Katusha rider to fail an anti-doping test in 12 months after Italy's Luca Paolini tested positive for cocaine on the 2015 Tour de France.
  • Random drug tests show low numbers at Beaufort Co. schools February 6, 2016
    A report made to the Board of Education shows less than three percent of the students tested positive for drug use last semester. The district began randomly testing teens who participate in school athletic programs for illegal drugs.

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