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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

  • In wake of federal lawsuit, what happens next with Savannah tour guides? November 23, 2014
    Most of you probably already have heard about the new federal lawsuit challenging the city of Savannah's licensing procedures for tour guides. The four tour guides and would-be guides who have filed the suit are being supported by the Institute for Justice, a libertarian nonprofit law firm that has litigated major cases involving issues such as school v […]
  • Parsippany mom: Suspension over e-cigarette unfairly punished my daughter November 22, 2014
    PARSIPPANY - A township mother is fuming because her 16-year-old daughter was suspended for four days after she was found to be in possession of an electronic nicotine vaporizer. It's the same penalty the district applies for a student who fails a drug test.
  • Pair of drug defendants punished November 22, 2014
    Frederick L. Lyons, 35, of 23 Grand Ave., was sentenced to 120 days in the Huron County Jail for possession of synthetic marijuana . His probation officer has the discretion of when to impose another 60 days or could ask Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway to waive part or all of the sentence if he does well on community control sanctions.
  • What? November 22, 2014
    Two cases that emerged involve a total lack of individual responsibility regarding highway safety. A third has to do with our inept government leaders.
  • COA van drivers needed November 22, 2014
    COA van drivers are wanted to provide van transportation for persons 60 years or older and/or with a disability. Drivers are trained through MART .
  • UFC 179 drug test results come back clean for 'Aldo vs. Mendes 2' in Brazil November 21, 2014
    Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission today released the drug test results for UFC 179, which took place inside Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sat., Oct. 25, 2014. Results from the pre- and post-fight drug tests, which include performance enhancing drugs such as steroids and drugs of abuse like cocaine and marijuana, among others, all retu […]
  • Former Drug Court Counselors Win Lawsuit Over Drug Tests November 21, 2014
    Two former Washington County drug counselors have been awarded about $1.5 million after they were fired four years ago for false-positive drug tests. A federal jury awarded $775,000 to Melissa Henderson and $770,000 to Dana Jones last week, according to documents from Tim Snively, who was the attorney for both counselors.
  • Seven charged for Oroville-area marijuana grow face January hearing November 21, 2014
    Butte County Superior Court Judge Stephen Benson set the date Thursday for defendants Bart Albert Clanton, 59, of Santa Cruz; Diana Christine D'Angelo, 21, of San Jose; Tina Marie Helfer, 45, from Minnesota; Antonio Dejesus Mendoza, 26, of San Jose; Gerald Dean Mize, 48, from Arkansas; Seneca Paul Norberg, 21, of San Jose; and Hai Thanh Tran, 42, of San […]
  • Rape accuser says Rubenstein fed her pot cookies November 21, 2014
    The Al Sharpton aide who says she was raped by a prominent Manhattan attorney tested positive for marijuana use in the days after the alleged sexual assault, according to sources. "Any positive test for narcotics in the system of the victim only supports the belief that she was drugged," the woman's lawyers, Keith White and Kenneth Montgomery, […]
  • Making Madison County workforce ready November 21, 2014
    Madison County companies say job-seekers are lacking "soft skills" such as communication, basic mathematics and reading comprehension. Additionally, workers are unable to pass drug tasks, meet attendance expectations and stay focused on the job at hand .
  • Vitor Belfort passes drug test administered by Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier this month November 20, 2014
    UFC middleweight title challenger Vitor Belfort has passed a random drug test administered to him by Nevada's Athletic Commission earlier this month. The leading storyline in the build-up to Chris Weidman versus Vitor Belfort is the "cleanness" of the title challenger.
  • 1 dead, 1 jailed in Lowell over $135 of pot November 20, 2014
    Police and prosecutors say an 18-year-old Lowell woman lost her life and a Lawrence man is facing a manslaughter charge over $135 worth of marijuana. Standing silent in Lowell District Court on Wednesday, David Benitez Jr., 23, of 10 Diamond St., had his bail set at $100,000 cash.
  • Sick Kids breaks silence about cocaine hair tests November 20, 2014
    After more than a week of silence, the Hospital for Sick Children has confirmed that its Motherisk laboratory now uses the “most advanced technology available” to test hair samples for evidence of cocaine use. However, despite repeated requests, the hospital has not said how many child welfare cases have relied on the technique that was called into question […]
  • UCI suspends 4th Astana rider for doping positive November 20, 2014
    " The International Cycling Union has provisionally suspended a fourth rider from Kazakhstan linked to the Astana team for a positive doping test. The UCI announced the case against Victor Okishev as its license commission reviews whether Astana meets the ethical criteria to keep its status as a top-tier team next season.
  • Failure to Appear for Random Drug Test Defeats Employee�s ADA Suit November 20, 2014
    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a municipal employee had no claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act for being suspended from safety-sensitive duties after he failed to report for a required random drug test ). Patrick V. Leaumont was employed by the City of Alexandria, La., as a bus department transit manager, which included performi […]
  • Defendants jailed for positive drug tests November 20, 2014
    Valerie S. Gates, 39, of Mansfield, has about 55 days left to serve in the Huron County Jail after she violated her early release from prison. She spent about three months in the Ohio Reformatory for Women and was granted judicial release Feb. 24. In August, Gates successfully completed a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses o […]
  • Meth use, gangs prevalent among SD arrestees November 19, 2014
    Two new reports released this week show that meth use among arrestees in San Diego County is growing, while gang involvement remains a major concern. The San Diego Association of Governments released the reports Wednesday.

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”

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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