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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

  • Banker resigns from $7million-a-year job to 'focus on his family'... December 17, 2014
    A Manhattan investment banker has resigned from his $7-million-a-year job after his estranged wife made explosive allegations about cocaine binges and forced group sex during their messy, bitter divorce and custody battle over their two daughters. Sage Kelly, who ran the profitable healthcare banking business for Jefferies Group, is stepping down to 'fo […]
  • Hot Jobs: Dec. 16, 2014 December 17, 2014
    This week's Hot Jobs report is courtesy of Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. Location Alice, Texas Job Number 8330762 Title Lab Technician Salary $15.00 - $20.00 Hour, Depending on Experience Qualifications Five years prior experience and an Associates' Degree required.
  • Wilson County deputies chasing down identity theft ring December 17, 2014
    Lost: Chocolate Lab, 1 year old, Hwy. 775 and Eagle Creek area, Floresville. We are desperate to find her, please help.
  • Ex-sgt.'s case moved to pretrial intervention program December 17, 2014
    The case of a former St. Johns County Sheriff's Office sergeant who pleaded not guilty to depriving custody of a minor was transferred into the pretrial intervention program. Catherine Payne did not have to enter a plea on the two counts, but instead was entered into the 18-month deferred prosecution.
  • DA: Contractor took bribes for 'clean' drug tests December 17, 2014
    A contractor who reported the results of court-ordered drug screenings has been charged with taking a bribe to report "clean" test results for criminal defendants in the Pittsburgh area. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the Allegheny County district attorney's office charged 28-year-old Roderick Thomas Diggs, of Pittsburgh, with bribery a […]
  • Varner pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 2012 case December 17, 2014
    A Franklinville man entered a plea Tuesday in Randolph County Superior Court in the death of another resident on Jan. 20, 2012. Eric Dwayne Varner, 22, entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Steven Lyndon Barnes .
  • New Mom Suspected Of Drug Addiction Has Baby Taken Away For A Week, Despite Inconclusive Drug Test December 17, 2014
    As heroin and prescription drug abuse continues to increase in America, so does the number of children addicted to these substances. In an attempt to protect infants, hospitals have cracked down on their observation of new mothers, but unfortunately this has frightening consequences for drug-free mothers being denied access to their newborns.
  • Ex-girlfriend of man who killed Draper officer takes plea deal December 16, 2014
    The ex-girlfriend of the man who fatally shot Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson took a plea deal on Tuesday.
  • Former nurse pleads guilty to stealing pills December 16, 2014
  • WSP puts more emphasis on high drivers December 16, 2014
    Since the legalization of marijuana, Washington State Patrol troopers are finding themselves asking these questions more often. Although they have always looked for signs of drug impairment as part of their road patrols, they've become more in tune with drivers who appear to be driving high.
  • Wonkbook: States are where the policy action is December 16, 2014
    The House and Senate quarreled over the simple task of funding the government this week and last, with liberals colliding with Republicans -- and the White House -- over a key provision on financial regulation. Over in the upper chamber, the quirks of senatorial procedure morphed a symbolic objection to President Obama's immigration polices into a nine- […]
  • Republican Governors Push to Reshape Welfare Programs December 16, 2014
    A large number of Republican governors are pushing to reshape social-welfare programs with drug testing or other requirements, arguing that the new rules better prepare recipients for employment and assure taxpayers that the benefit money is well spent. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, fresh off his re-election, said he would propose his state join several ot […]
  • Pregnant woman jailed after positive drug test December 16, 2014
    Ashley Henry, 23, admitted Monday she had a positive drug screen Nov. 10 at the jail and since Aug. 21, the probation department didn't know her whereabouts. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway warned Henry about the dangers of drug usage to herself and her baby.
  • California's Proposition 46 and Mandatory Physician Drug Testing: A Cause for Concern December 16, 2014
    Requests for Single Reprints: Yul D. Ejnes, MD, Coastal Medical, Inc., 75 Sockanosset Crossroad, Suite 101, Cranston, RI 02920; e-mail, . On 4 November 2014, California residents voted against Proposition 46, which involved increasing the cap on noneconomic damages in medical liability cases, mandating that physicians check the state
  • Complaint: Screener took cash in exchange for clean drug tests December 15, 2014
    Target 11 Investigator Rick Earle has learned that county drug screener Roderick Diggs is accused of falsifying drug tests in exchange for cash. According to the complaint, the defendant placed three $20 bills on the window sill and the screener took it.
  • Hungarian Prime Minister Wants to Drug Test Journalists December 15, 2014
    In a nauseating attempt to skin alive the liberal attitudes of individuals put in a position of public trust, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban came forward earlier last week, demanding that all journalists and politicians be forced to submit to mandatory drug testing. The prime minister's latest harebrained scheme to silence progressive opinions co […]
  • Make the right choices, St. Bernard sheriff tells DARE graduates December 15, 2014
    St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann told children graduating the fifth-grade Drug Abuse Resistance Education program they must concentrate on making the right choices to have productive lives, including listening to their parents and teachers and deciding who they should and shouldn't associate with. And, he praised parents for turning out for graduation […]

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