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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

  • Psychemedics Corporation Announces Record Revenues October 31, 2014
    The Company's revenue for the nine months ended "Once again, we had record sales for any quarter in the Company's history for the 3rd time in a row. Our new business growth continues to be strong, accounting for the entire gain in the quarter, as well as offsetting the continued softness in our business due to the less-than-robust hiring/jobs […]
  • Measure 91 discussion: Legal weed's effects on workplace safety, drug testing (your... October 30, 2014
    The Forest Grove High School graduate sparked a lively conversation this week with a guest opinion explaining why she'll be voting no on Measure 91, the initiative to make recreational pot legal in Oregon. In Oregon, some of the money from taxing sales would be spent on education and drug prevention, she notes.
  • Van Wert Court news - Oct. 30, 2014 October 30, 2014
    Ike Lewis Jr. 29, Detroit, changed his plea to guilty to identity fraud, a felony of the fifth degree. He then requested and was granted Treatment in Lieu of Conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of his counseling program.
  • Courthouse Records October 30, 2014
    Sarah Whiting , 24, of 209 Church St., Clinton, was placed on probation for 3 years after pleading guilty to unarmed robbery. The charge was amended from armed robbery .
  • Uber Wins Initial Ruling Against Nevada Bid to Block It October 30, 2014
    Uber Technologies Inc. defeated a bid by Nevada regulators to immediately block its ride-sharing service while the state fights to permanently halt its operations. Uber started operating in Las Vegas and Reno on Oct. 24, according to the state's request to block its business filed the same day.
  • California Malpractice Proposition Hit by Polls, Studies, Spending October 30, 2014
    Two recent studies say a proposition on California's November ballot to raise the pain and suffering cap for medical malpractice lawsuits will increase medical costs and malpractice premiums. The studies and heavy advertising by the opposition to Proposition 46, the Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Cap and Drug Testing of Doctors Initiative, may be among th […]
  • Will drug policy change at sheriff's office? October 30, 2014
    The Richmond County Sheriff is talking about how his department handles steroids after allegations of steroid use dating back more than 10 years. As News 12 reports the sheriff has the power to change the policy, but will he do it? Steroid allegations have rocked the Richmond County's Sheriff Office.
  • Northampton Community College student sues to reverse failing grade, dismissal from nursing program October 29, 2014
    A Northampton Community College student is suing the Bethlehem Township, Pa. school to reverse his failing grade in a nursing course.
  • Council receives answers in Tyson issue October 29, 2014
    The Cleveland City Council once again delayed passing amendments to its drug policy during a meeting Monday. District 2 Councilman Bill Estes asked for further clarification on why information was released on Lt.
  • 4 Things Staffing Firms Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization October 29, 2014
    As several states pass laws legalizing marijuana, contractor drug testing is becoming more complicated for recruiting and staffing firms. Here are the three key things you need to know about state marijuana laws: Only two states allow the "recreational" use of marijuana: Colorado and Washington.
  • Agents seized more than 30 guns in ND drug case October 29, 2014
    Randy Skarda, of Keene, has pleaded not guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of meth, distribution of cocaine, possession of a short-barreled rifle, and possession of a firearm by a drug user. In order to prove the latter charge, authorities must prove the gun was owned in connection to the drug dealing.
  • Your Election Headquarters: A Look into Prop 46, Stricter Regulations and Penalities for Doctors October 29, 2014
    Prop 46 is aimed at increasing patient safety in hospitals and doctor's offices. It includes drug testing for doctors and stiffer penalties for medical malpractice suits, but some are calling the initiative "bad medicine".
  • Ads point out pros, cons of doctor drug testing October 29, 2014
    Commercials playing on voters' feelings about doctors and lawyers are flooding the airwaves ahead of Election Day. One ad for Proposition 46 draws a connection between medical mistakes and impaired doctors, but is what the ad implies fair? Civility Project panelist John Beatty said, "It oversimplifies it.
  • GBI investigates alleged illegal steroid use at sheriff's office October 29, 2014
    Sheriff Richard Roundtree says Brandon Paquette's polygraph indicates he could be telling the truth and some things Paquette said could mean laws were broken. However, no deputies will be drug tested and the GBI at his request is looking into his department.
  • Marijuana Card Saves Unemployment Benefits, Not Job October 28, 2014
    In the rapidly evolving interplay between federal and state employment laws, state medical marijuana laws, and employer policies seeking to maintain drug-free workplaces, an appellate court in Michigan has just concluded that while having a medical marijuana card cannot save your job with a private employer after a positive drug test , it will not disqualify […]
  • BPD: Impaired driver slams into home October 28, 2014
    It happened on Hyde Street. This is what's left of the front porch. Police say 31-year-old Bryant Francis of Middlebury was behind the wheel.
  • Pee in This Cup, Doc: Random Drug Tests Should Be Standard for Physicians October 28, 2014
    We hold our physicians to high standards because they make life-or-death decisions. Yet when it comes to drug addiction, their behavior can be disturbing.

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