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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

  • Mejia suspended 162 games for second failed drug test July 28, 2015
    Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 162 games for his second failed drug test, Jon Heyman of reported . Earlier this season, Mejia - who was already ineligible for the 2015 postseason - missed 80 games while serving a suspension for his first failed test when he tested positive for the steroid stanozolol.
  • Can she be - 1% of heroin addicts' who turn it around? July 28, 2015
    They hugged her and smiled. Family members congratulated her. Convicted of selling heroin in the vicinity of a school, Hall has the chance to prove she can be a success story during her three years of probation.
  • Terminally ill parolee returned to jail July 28, 2015
    A terminally ill man who breached his parole conditions by taking drugs was sentenced to a month in prison at the Blenheim District Court on Monday. Richard Steven Maddock, 54, of Blenheim, was released from prison on April 28 but returned after he failed a drug test on May 29, indicating there was an amphetamine-like substance in his system.
  • Family Court orders parents to stop smoking around six-year-old son July 28, 2015
    A Family Court judgment that ordered the parents of a six-year-old to refrain from smoking around their son reflects an increasing tendency of the court to make specific orders in the interests of children's health, researchers say. Judge Jenny Hogan made 42 parenting orders, including that the parents do not drink to the point of intoxication in the bo […]
  • Shakhtar midfielder Fred fails doping test July 28, 2015
    Shakhtar midfielder Fred has reportedly failed a doping test carried out whilst on international duty with Brazil at the Copa Amrica. The information revealed by Foxsports has not been confirmed by the CBF, but the player has supposedly tested positive for a hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that is considered to be a doping product.
  • Ex-Dallas police officer accused of rape pleads guilty to assault July 27, 2015
    A former Dallas police officer accused of raping a sleeping woman at his Uptown home pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of aggravated assault. Just before Oscar Araiza, 41, was set to stand trial, prosecutors offered to dismiss the sexual assault charge if he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.
  • may expand drug testing to students with parking permits July 27, 2015
    Although an estimated two out of three Muskego High School students are eligible for the random drug testing instituted during the last school year, the school board is thinking of expanding testing to include students who have school parking permits. The school board could vote as early as Monday, Aug. 10, to expand that to include those with parking permit […]
  • Alcohol Breathalyzer and Drug Testing Equipment Market at $699 Million Will Reach $7 Billion by 2020 July 27, 2015
    A new study Breath Analyzer, Saliva Testers, Drug Testing, and Biosensor Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2014 to 2020. The 2014 study has 593 pages, 202 tables and figures.
  • Guns and Drugs Don't Mix July 27, 2015
    Our 2nd Amendment is short and sweet and to the point. It was adopted in a day when the strongest corn grain alcohol, rum, beer and maybe some out of the way Opium dens..were the worst that citizens could do to themselves, to alter their behavior.
  • There Are More Marijuana Legalization Initiatives than GOP Presidential Candidates July 26, 2015
    Not counting initiatives for industrial hemp or non-plant medical marijuana or low-THC cannabidiol oil, there are at least* 20 efforts going on in 8 states nationwide to legalize medical and recreational access to cannabis in 2016. As of this week, there are 16 Republican candidates running for president in 2016.
  • Snoop Dogg Arrested In Sweden For Drug Suspicion, Takes To Instagram To Shun The Police July 26, 2015
    After an appearance in Sweden on Saturday night , Snoop Dogg was arrested by authorities for suspicion of use of narcotics. His vehicle was pulled over, and officers transported him to a police station where he was ordered to take a drug test.
  • Uber mobilizes customers to channel its message July 26, 2015
    As Uber grows in number and popularity, regulators face a new lobbying group: app users who love Uber. An app company itself, Uber has proved adept at energizing its customers through their personal electronic devices, prompting them to channel Uber's message to political decision makers by the thousands.
  • Companies continue to fire employees for legal pot use July 26, 2015
    A television anchor in Oregon just lost her job for doing something completely legal in her state. Cyd Maurer, a morning weekend anchor at Eugene's ABC affiliate KEZI-TV, said she was fired after getting into a minor accident while out on the field.
  • Courts July 26, 2015
    Failure to wear seat belt while in a motor vehicle - Bruce M. Hansen, 27, of Trimont; Josilyn M. Smith, 32, of Fairmont; each fined $105.
  • Biostatisticians and Epidemiologists needed to protect the future of Medicine July 25, 2015
    It is only a few public policy steps and minor changes in state regulatory statutes before what is described in the ASAM White Paper on Drug Testing comes to fruition. . . To prevent this future drug testing dystopia, that includes testing schoolchildren, we need to take a step back and analyze the reliability and credibility of the 'evidence-base' […]
  • Grove to drug test students July 25, 2015
    Following a Wednesday evening decision made by the district's board of education, the Columbus Grove Local School District announced a new drug testing policy affecting its student body. Effective August 19, the first day of the 2015-16 school year, all students in grades seven through 12 that are participating in extracurricular activities are subject […]
  • Sanitation worker failed drug test after being slipped pot brownies July 25, 2015
    A sanitation worker has done the near-impossible after testing positive for pot for a third time - successfully proving that a prankster pal had slipped him "weed brownies" without his knowing. In recommending the strung-out Strongest not be fired, a city law judge noted that the "innocent ingestion" drug defense almost never works.

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