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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

  • Dover board weighs athletic and academic policies April 25, 2015
    Sticks and carrots were among the topics discussed by the Dover Board of Education during its recent meeting. The board was required to conduct its annual examination and approval of handbooks for the athletic department and general student population as well as policy updates for certified and classified personnel, school calendar and salary schedules.
  • Sen. Shirley Turner calls for more oversight of drug testing at private correctional facilities April 25, 2015
    Sen. Shirley Turner joins the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition as they hold press conference on the increase of hunger in NJ at the Treanton Area Soup Kitchen in Trenton on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Andrew Miller/For The Times of Trenton TRENTON - Sen. Shirley Turner announced Friday that she plans to introduce new legislation in May calling for greater o […]
  • Drug Court Graduates Praise Tulsa Program April 25, 2015
    Friday, the newest graduates of Tulsa County's Drug Court Program celebrated their sobriety and a chance to begin a new life. The graduates didn't have it easy; the drug court put the participants through more than 15 appointments a week and random drug tests.
  • More DAs pull plug on using OUI test April 25, 2015
    An attorney who has been critical of the Breathalyzer machine used by police warns that unreliable test results could taint drunken-driving cases statewide, rivaling the Annie Dookhan drug-testing fiasco. "At this early stage, we could be looking at the tip of the iceberg and the machine is the Titanic," said Lowell-area defense attorney Gregory Ob […]
  • New Zealand Adventure Aviation Operators To Face Random Drug Tests:... April 24, 2015
    IN PHOTO: A small private plane piloted by Sharon Trembley crashes to the ground after getting tangled in the parachute of skydiver John Frost before crashing to the ground at South Lakeland Airport March 8, 2014 in this handout photo provided by Tim Telford, courtesy of Polk County Sheriff's Office in Mulberry, Florida. Both the pilot and the skydiver […]
  • Brazilian player Jobson banned 4 years in doping case April 24, 2015
    " Brazilian striker Jobson has been banned from football for four years for allegedly refusing to undergo a doping test while he played in Saudi Arabia. The player had been suspended in Saudi Arabia but FIFA on Friday told his Brazilian club, Botafogo, that the ban is also valid in Brazil.
  • Free home drug test kits for parents April 24, 2015
    One county in our area is going a long way to help parents make sure their kids are not on drugs. The Lee County Sheriff's Office has a new program, "Give Me a Reason," that was designed to get parents drug-testing kits they can use to test their children, and the kits are free.
  • NCAA puts Oklahoma St on probation for infractions April 24, 2015
    The NCAA put Oklahoma State's football program on a year of probation Friday for failing to follow its own drug-testing policies, largely sparing the Cowboys of serious penalties for violations uncovered following an expose by Sports Illustrated. The Committee on Infractions also ordered Oklahoma State to suspend its Orange Pride student group after det […]
  • Us Fda warns five companies over Bmpea stimulant in supplements April 24, 2015
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned five companies on Thursday to stop selling dietary supplements containing an unapproved stimulant known as beta-methylphenylethylamine, or BMPEA. BMPEA is an amphetamine-like substance that has been shown to raise blood pressure and heart rate in animals and is classified as a doping agent by the World Anti-Doping […]
  • UFC 186: Bell Centre Closes Part of Venue, Ticket Sales Looking Glum April 24, 2015
    Two days before the event is set to go down, French-Canadian MMA news website MMA Nouvelles reported that UFC officials have closed part of Montreal's Bell Centre, apparently as a result of low ticket sales. Officials for the UFC and Bell Centre confirmed to Marrocco that "a lower-bowl configuration" is now in effect for UFC 186, meaning that […]
  • Parent Reacts To Shocking Video Of Mid-Del School Bus Crash April 24, 2015
    Shocking video from inside a Mid-Del school bus involved in a crash is raising questions about the drivers responsible for our children. Odis Clayton Pitts, 58 is currently in the Oklahoma County Jail accused of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.
  • CO senate to vote on leaglizing medical pot for parolees April 24, 2015
    The Colorado Senate starts work Thursday on a bill to allow medical marijuana use by people on probation or parole. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years, but not by people on probation or parole.
  • Satellite Beach teen involved in crowbar attack granted bond April 23, 2015
    Umberger was granted $50,000 bond with conditions, including no access to social media, random drug testing and house arrest. "Every morning I relive what happened and I don't know how I can knowing she's not in jail," said Kerry Henderson.
  • Religious Groups To Scott Walker: Don't Drug Test The Poor April 23, 2015
    Wisconsin faith leaders from across the religious spectrum are calling on their state legislature to reject a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker that would impose drug tests for some recipients of government-funded aid, arguing such screenings don't work and unfairly stigmatize the poor. Last Thursday, a group of religious leaders representing thousands of […]
  • Ice the "drug of choice" for miners April 23, 2015
    Health professionals and resources executives are growing concerned crystalline methamphetamine, or ice, is becoming a "drug of choice" for miners intent on circumventing on-site testing. Sources said some miners were using ice on their rostered days off because the drug can be eliminated by the body much faster than other recreational drugs such a […]
  • Carterton balloon tragedy: Coroner's findings released April 23, 2015
    Family members of those who tragically lost their lives in the Carterton balloon crash say they are pleased with a raft of recommendations made by Coroner Peter Ryan in his findings, which were publicly released today. Eleven people lost their lives on January 7, 2012, when the balloon they were in hit power lines, caught fire and crashed into a field near C […]
  • Florida Gov. Scott Agrees to Limit Drug Testing of State Employees April 23, 2015
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's long running battle over whether the state could drug test state workers is finally coming to an end. Scott and the union that represents state workers have reached a settlement in the case that would result in the testing of some employees - but would end the Republican governor's bid to submit all state employees under h […]

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