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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

  • The acid test: new equipment allows police to put drug drivers on notice March 31, 2015
    WEa SHAVEa STHEa SMEANS: Canobolas Local Area Command Acting Inspector Brendon Turner with Orange police station's new Draeger drug test 5000 device that will be used to conduct random drug tests in the region. Photo: JUDE KEOGH DRIVERS who think they'll tempt fate and get behind the wheel with illicit drugs in their system better think twice, with […]
  • Drug Testing Scandal Rocks The GBA in Germany March 31, 2015
    The IBF, German boxing and especially the German Boxing Association - have been hit with a major scandal but what remains is an open question. The story broke at the Cagri Ermis vs. Juergen Doberstein fight in Berlin on February 27. Ermis won a close decision and Doberstein and his team were totally unhappy with how things had gone and with the 'doping […]
  • Healthwatch: Weekly Medical News March 31, 2015
    Regular kitchen spoons are not healthy to use for measuring out children's medicinal dosages. A new policy in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests against random drug testing in schools.
  • 2015 St. Louis SX | Monday Kickstart March 31, 2015
    The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Series continued on with round thirteen taking place at the massive Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, a famed stop of the circuit for its soil composition. While the 250 East and 450 titles all but awarded, riders are still doing everything they can to make an impact in their class of choice.
  • Pre-trial diversion concerning medical marijuana case rescinded, Port Acres man to head back to court March 31, 2015
    A pre-trial diversion program that was offered to a Port Acres man who says he has been using marijuana for medicinal purposes for nearly 20 years has been rescinded. Under terms of the agreement, Jeremy Bourque said he will not face jail time if he completes a year of probation which includes regular drug testing.
  • With relatively few individual drug tests, AFL players may be tempted to try their luck March 31, 2015
    While four AFL players have tested positive to performance-enhancing drugs in recent times, the relatively small number of individual tests could mean players are tempted to try their luck. The AFL revealed in June last year that in 2013, tests for illicit and performance-enhancing drugs totalled 1998, with 15 players caught.
  • Arkansas House endorses drug screening for benefits bill March 30, 2015
    Some Arkansans who apply for job-training benefits and other family aid would be forced to take a drug test under a bill backed by the House. Legislators voted 69-14 Monday to support the creation of a two-year pilot program.
  • Selenski's ex-girlfriend, Carey Bartoo, arrested on drug offenses March 30, 2015
    Hugo Selenski's ex-girlfriend Carey Bartoo was one of two women arrested by city police when they were spotted in a parked vehicle on Wilkes Lane with suspected heroin packets, syringes and bottles of clean urine Sunday morning. Bartoo, 44, last known address as Luzerne Street, Hanover Township, and Tara Cooper, 41, of White Oak Drive, Hunlock Township, […]
  • Pilots Need Mental Health Screening -- And Doctors Do, Too March 30, 2015
    I am the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in NYC.
  • AAP: School-Based Drug Testing Lacks "Solid Evidence For Their Effectiveness" March 30, 2015
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  • U.S. Pediatricians Remain Opposed to Random Drug Tests in Schools March 30, 2015
    Random drug testing in schools may sound like a good way to keep kids off drugs, but there is little evidence it works, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. In a new report, the nation's leading group of pediatricians reaffirms its stance against random drug testing in schools.
  • Astana's fate not sealed yet, decision expected in two weeks March 30, 2015
    Cycling team Astana is expecting to learn whether it will retain its World Tour licence in about two weeks, a source within the Kakazh-funded team has revealed. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that the International Cycling Union's Licence Commission was to strip Astana, the team of Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, of its licence following […]
  • Hemp smoothie maker ordered to amend advertising implying that it could get you high March 30, 2015
    Popular New Zealand salad and sandwich chain Habitual Fix has been ordered to pull advertising for its top-selling hemp smoothie because it made it sound like the drink could get you high . The advertising for Habitual Fix's hemp smoothie included slogans such as "Man, that's some strong stuff", "Just ask your dealer," and
  • Experts caution against random drug testing in schools March 30, 2015
    Schools should not be using random drug tests to catch or deter drug abusers, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises in an updated policy statement. Identifying kids who use drugs and entering them into treatment programs should be a top priority, but there is little evidence that random drug testing helps accomplish this, said Dr. Sharon Levy, director […]
  • Collingwood footballers Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas face positive drug test March 30, 2015
    The Magpie pair, Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas, have tested positive to the presence of the drug clenbuterol in samples collected earlier in the year. The players have both been suspended after recording a failed test in the A sample collected earlier in the year.
  • Sick Kids reassigns oversight of Motherisk program March 29, 2015
    The Hospital for Sick Children says it has temporarily “reassigned medical oversight” of its controversial Motherisk lab program, in the wake of questions from the Star about ties between its director, Gideon Koren, and the Quebec-based drug company Duchesnay. Sick Kids is also “actively reviewing the disclosure practices on the Motherisk website, and update […]
  • Smoking pot in D.C. could cost Va. workers their jobs March 29, 2015
    Employees and job-seekers in Virginia might be able to smoke marijuana legally in Washington, but it could cost them back at home. Some local companies are sticking with tests that screen employees for the drug because it's still illegal in the commonwealth.

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