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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.
Chow.com Food News – October 2010

  • Going to pot March 6, 2015
    Let's face it, we all like to get high, whether it be booze or bungee jumping; bongs or bongo playing; amphetamines or an adrenaline rush - everyone likes a diversion from the daily grind . Sadly this correspondent's greatest thrill these days comes from watching Hawthorn premiership DVDs while wearing a pair of Junior Rioli's discarded game-d […]
  • Sick Kids suspends Motherisk's hair drug testing March 5, 2015
    The Hospital for Sick Children cites questions that arose in its own review of the Motherisk lab in suspending the program, pending the results of a provincial review. Christine Rupert is among the parents whose children were removed after tests done at the Motherisk lab concluded she'd been using cocaine.
  • Operation UNITE offers drug test kits to parents March 5, 2015
    Operation UNITE has officially launched its latest drug deterrent initiative, called Give Me a Reason, in all Floyd County middle and high schools this week. The program establishes a way for parents to obtain, free of charge, drug testing kits that they can use with their children.
  • Proposal Would Require Drug Testing for California Uber Drivers March 5, 2015
    Uber says it offers "the safest rides on the road," but a series of sexual assault allegations against some of its drivers have called its screening process into question. The company requires background checks and says it conducts "ongoing reviews of drivers' motor vehicle records."
  • Drug-drivers under fire as new laws come into effect March 5, 2015
    Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. Those who drive while under the influence of drugs are at higher risk of being caught thanks to a new test being backed by Herts Police.
  • Job Listings 10353319 ... March 5, 2015
    Must have at least 12 months experience in fast-paced restaurant environment. Only dependable, friendly and mature servers need apply.
  • High time for employers to halt drug tests March 5, 2015
    LEGAL BARRIERS to marijuana are falling all over the United States. Pot, tried by nearly half of all Americans at some point in their lives, is already legal in some form in 23 states, and four states allow recreational use.
  • Two sent to prison after failing drug tests March 5, 2015
    Two persons who failed drug tests while on community control are heading for prison after admitting their violations to Judge Kevin Taylor in Van Wert County County Court of Common Pleas. Michael Sparrow, 23, Delphos, admitted to failing a drug test and associating with felons.
  • Deputies, Staffers Cleared in Death of Tased McLennan County Inmate March 5, 2015
    A grand jury has cleared several McLennan County employees in the death of an inmate who was tased in court last year. According to McLennan County Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna, between five and ten staffers including jailers, medical personnel, and Deputies, were cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by McLennan County's 12-person Grand Jury Wedn […]
  • Drug tests at our roadsides March 4, 2015
    Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. People who misuse prescription drugs from their doctor could be among those caught by police using new roadside "drugalysers" in Lincolnshire.
  • Florida drops appeals in welfare drug testing case March 4, 2015
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not seek U.S. Supreme Court review of a law that would have required applicants for welfare benefits to submit to mandatory drug testing The law, a top priority of the Republican governor's first term, was ruled unconstitutional by two federal courts. Scott's administration did not ask Supreme Court to consider the case […]
  • Florida Drops Appeals in Welfare Drug Testing Case March 4, 2015
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not seek U.S. Supreme Court review of a law that would have required applicants for welfare benefits to submit to mandatory drug testing The law, a top priority of the Republican governor's first term, was ruled unconstitutional by two federal courts. Scott's administration did not ask the Supreme Court to consider the […]
  • Florida drops appeals in welfare drug testing case March 4, 2015
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  • Bill to limit marijuana screening by D.C. employers advancing in council March 4, 2015
    A D.C. Council committee is poised to pass legislation Wednesday that would ban employers in the nation's capital from testing prospective employees for marijuana until after a job offer is made. Council member Vincent B. Orange , who sponsored the bill, said it is his hope that before such pre-employment drug testing is administered, employers in the c […]
  • Are Organizations With Drug Tests Weeding Out Great Candidates? March 4, 2015
    The FBI's jobs page makes it pretty clear how the agency feels about marijuana: "You can easily determine whether you meet the FBI's illegal drug policy by answering the following questions." The list's first question: "Have you used marijuana at all within the last three years?" Government agencies are some of the strictes […]
  • First drug driver arrested using new device in Doncaster March 4, 2015
    Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. Police officers using new roadside drug testing equipment made an arrest in Doncaster on the first day they started using their new kit.
  • Welfare drug tests, Uber, campaign finance on tap in W.Va. March 4, 2015
    West Virginia lawmakers are trying to keep alive pushes to drug test welfare recipients, bring Uber ridesharing to the state and overhaul the campaign finance system. Wednesday marks crossover day in the 60-day legislative session, the last day to advance policy bills out of at least one chamber.

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