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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

  • New Market Report: Psychemedics Corporation (PMD) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review January 25, 2015
    The company provides clinical laboratory services for the detection of drugs of abuse. It provides testing for drugs of abuse using hair analysis.
  • Drug testing for welfare recipients: Wisconsin poised to join other states January 23, 2015
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spoke at the Republican National Committtee's "Building on Success" winter meeting on January 15, 2015. On January 22, he re-introduced his proposal to mandate drug testing on applicants and recipients of public assistance.
  • 4 Boeing employees at Everett plant fired for drug violations January 23, 2015
    EVERETT, Wash. - Four employees at Boeing's Everett plant have been fired for drug violations following an internal investigation, company officials said.
  • Former Top Twins Pick, Hudson Boyd Suspended January 23, 2015
    The Minnesota Twins selected Hudson Boyd 55th overall, in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. He was coming to professional baseball straight from high school, and the Twins were under the impression that they had gotten a good one.
  • Man gets 3-year sentence in Lawrence accident January 23, 2015
    A University of Kansas graduate was sentenced to three years in county jail for an accident that cost another student his legs. Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, was sentenced Thursday after being convicted in December of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana.
  • Bernards prepares for voluntary student drug testing January 23, 2015
    In this file photo, a drug testing kit sits on the table of a school nurse. Parents in Bernards will soon have the option to enter their kids in a voluntary drug testing program.
  • Halfway house planned for Reno area January 23, 2015
    Washington County could soon be the site of a halfway house after at least one public meeting in February to apprise local residents of what the facility does and who it will treat. President and CEO of Oriana House, Inc., Jim Lawrence, shared with Washington County Commissioners Thursday his desire to purchase a location in Reno, along Ohio 7. The facility […]
  • Specialty court in Dallas County gives prostitutes a way out of jail time and off the streets, too January 23, 2015
    For six years, 34-year-old Nina Martin was trapped in a cycle of getting high and selling her body on Dallas streets to earn money for her next fix. She was in and out of jail.
  • Comedian pokes fun at Hoosier's response to Obama speech January 23, 2015
    A Hoosier delivered the tea party's response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Fla., gave the online rebuttal on behalf of the ultraconservative Tea Party Express.
  • Additional arrest in theft of oil from logging company January 22, 2015
    A third person has been arrested in connection with the theft of diesel and hydraulic oil from a Union Parish logging company. Lance R. Popwell, 33, of Farmerville, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Union Parish Detention Center for felony theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and illegally providing a felon with a firearm.
  • Scott Walker Itching For Food Stamp Fight With Obama Administration January 22, 2015
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is pushing forward with a plan to make food stamp recipients pass drug tests -- a requirement that the Obama administration says violates federal law. The drug testing, which Walker first announced he'd pursue last year , is part of an overall budget proposal Walker's pitching as a workforce readiness plan.
  • Walker announces drug testing plan for aid recipients January 22, 2015
    Gov. Scott Walker is following through on his campaign promise to require drug testing for public aid recipients in Wisconsin and limiting how long they can receive benefits. The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate on Thursday announced more details about those plans that he first proposed during last year's campaign.
  • Fairmont Infographic - Details that makes the difference January 22, 2015
    HFTP is the premier global professional association serving members in hospitality careers. Since 1952, HFTP's mission has been to provide members with superior networking opportunities, industry-leading events, comprehensive certification programs, unique educational opportunities, and other essential resources for professional growth.
  • Moon Rocks: The Best High on Earth January 22, 2015
    It all started with a conversation with a stranger at a bar. Talk of trance music led to talk of drugs, which led to talk of moon rocks, a controlled substance I'd never heard of.
  • Ex-LPN at Arbors gets 6 months in drug theft January 22, 2015
    A former licensed practical nurse at Arbors at Sylvania was found guilty Wednesday of theft of drugs and ordered to spend six months at the Correctional Treatment Facility in Toledo. Rachel Sexton, 28, of 3554 Helena Ct. had been in the court's intervention in lieu of conviction program in August, but Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Gene Zmuda revoked h […]
  • Scientists move closer to a personalized treatment solution for intellectual disability January 22, 2015
    Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have produced an approach that protects animal models against a type of genetic disruption that causes intellectual disability, including serious memory impairments and altered anxiety levels. The findings, which focus on treating the effects of mutations to a gene known as Syngap1 , have b […]
  • Weed found hidden inside M&M containers during traffic stop January 21, 2015
    A minor traffic stop for a seat belt violation turned into a major marijuana bust for Mt. Juliet police last Thursday.

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”

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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