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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

  • Genesee County CPS worker claims THC has a 3 day retention in the body; we wish April 23, 2014
    A group of women in Beverly Hills say smoking pot is the secret to their parenting success.
  • U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Florida employee drug-testing case April 22, 2014
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  • Judge to allow man accused of murder in 2013 crash to continue drug... April 22, 2014
    MOBILE, Alabama - A veterinarian accused of murder and assault stemming from a 2013 crash will be allowed special circumstances to visit his parents in north Alabama.
  • Record-breaking runner faces hearing after skipping dope test April 22, 2014
    An Israeli sprinter who broke the country's women's 100-meter dash record on Saturday may face disciplinary action after skipping out on a doping test, officials said Tuesday.
  • Drug test could help Colorado 9-year-old April 22, 2014
    Wind Advisory issued April 21 at 9:21PM MDT expiring April 22 at 11:00PM MDT in effect for: Delta, Dolores, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Miguel Wind Advisory issued April 22 at 3:33AM MDT expiring April 22 at 7:00PM MDT in effect for: Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Yuma Fire Weather Watch issued April 21 at ... (more) […]
  • Judge puts girl in porn-video case back in custody April 22, 2014
    A St. Mary's teenager was back in custody at a state juvenile facility and facing another court hearing this week, after a judge pondered her response to questions about drug tests amid charges from an assault and pornography investigation.
  • South Range BOE to review drug testing, fee policy April 22, 2014
    The South Range school board Monday night received changes to the board policy to consider for approval at its May meeting, including drug testing and participation fees for middle and high school athletics and extracurricular activities.
  • Belle Fourche drug testing clinic offers free tests April 22, 2014
    A Belle Fourche drug testing clinic is offering free drug testing to any parent who wants to know whether their child is using drugs, Lori Lei, the owner of Drug Screening Services in Belle Fourche, says she does not know why people are upset.
  • Probation for repeat Elgin prescription drug offender April 22, 2014
    A 38-year-old Elgin woman who was arrested three times last year on felony prescription drug forgery and possession charges pleaded guilty Monday and received five years of probation.
  • Grantham court: Man with no money stole hair straighteners April 21, 2014
    Jan Vlcek, 29, who gave a care of address of Norton Street, Grantham, admitted stealing the straighteners from Sally Hair and Beauty on March 21. Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka told the court that Vlcek entered the store with another male who also stole a box of hair straighteners.
  • Supreme Court Won't Hear Rick Scott's Drug Testing Case April 21, 2014
    Rick Scott has apparently never met a person he doesn't want to drug test. Whether welfare recipients or state employees, the governor has created quite the controversy throughout his first term by unleashing strict plans to drug test Floridians -- only to see those plans challenged and derailed in court.
  • Rick Scott's latest drug-testing appeal turned away by court April 21, 2014
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's proposals to drug test basically every Floridian are not faring so well in the courts , with the Supreme Court refusing to hear his appeal of a decision against a 2011 executive order seeking random drug testing of 85,000 state workers: The ruling lets stand an appeals court decision that Scott's order was too broad.
  • Pre-job testing finds few on drugs April 21, 2014
    Govt says low numbers show that policy is a deterrent, but critics say it is not necessary and a `smokescreen'.
  • Casino industry wrestles with issues surrounding medical marijuana April 21, 2014
    Like much of Nevada, the casino industry is grappling with issues surrounding medical marijuana.
  • Court won't hear Fla. employee drug testing rule April 21, 2014
    Myles Chefetz does a tasting in the kitchen at Prime Fish with chef Todd Zimmer, April 14, 2014.
  • Taggart speaks at drug court graduation April 21, 2014
    Madison County attorney Andy Taggart, whose son Brad committed suicide in 2012 after a yearlong struggle with drug addiction, will speak at the event.
  • Feedback: Why welfare drug testing is in the best interest of Michigan families April 21, 2014
    In the April 15 edition of the Free Press, a column by Nancy Kaffer claims that Republicans do not care about families and hungry children.
  • Report: Lab delays lead to false drug convictions April 21, 2014
    Long crime lab delays have forced at least 21 people across Texas to serve time on drug possession charges when the substance they had wasn't illegal, according to a published report Sunday.
  • Our Readers Write... April 20, 2014
    A few things really concern me about Commissioner Halleck's response to my press release requesting politicians to voluntarily undergo drug testing.
  • Cotterell: Supreme Court ruling guaranteed to benefit Scott April 20, 2014
    The United States Supreme Court is about to do Gov. Rick Scott a big favor. Actually, it's already done it.

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

Bath salts to blame for face-eating ‘zombie’ attack in Miami?