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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

  • Drug tests plan for arrests over violence November 25, 2015
    The NT Govt should introduce mandatory drug and alcohol testing for anyone arrested for violence in fight against NT's Ice scourge, an investigation has found. Picture: Supplied THE NT Government should introduce mandatory drug and alcohol testing for anyone arrested for violence in the fight against the Territory's "ice" scourge, an inve […]
  • Man drowns at northern Sydney beach November 25, 2015
    MORE workers are using artificial urine to avoid positive drug tests across Western Australia, as drug dealers begin to package the product with meth. ONE of the many offenders in the Melbourne archdiocese was a priest whose bizarre behaviour included taking a gun to school, an inquiry has heard.
  • Cannabis cases clog up courts November 24, 2015
    THE move to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes could help take a load off the court system, according to Orange solicitor Michael Madden. THE move to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes could help take a load off the court system, according to Orange solicitor Michael Madden.
  • Man caught with urine-filled condom at drug test: Police November 24, 2015
    A Lebanon County man used a condom filled with clean urine in an attempt to pass a drug test last week, according to police. Mitchell Erickson, 25, of North Lebanon Township, is now facing charges of providing a drug free urine, according to police in Lebanon.
  • Spike in Wa Fifo worker fake urine cheats November 24, 2015
    A spike in the use of artificial urine to avoid spot drug tests has been recorded across West Australian workplaces, with drug dealers now selling the product as a package with methamphetamine. Synthetic urine has, on average, been detected once a month throughout Australia, but six positive tests were recorded in WA alone last month by Safework Laboratories […]
  • Supplement safety November 24, 2015
    We go to gym, work up sweat, all the in the name to keep that number the same on the scale. Maintaining one's fitness is a struggle we all go through and some times we feel like we might need a little bit of help, a boost, a pill, a supplement.
  • Drug testing device will be used in Ireland November 24, 2015
    A leading manufacturer in safety technology has won a contract to supply the Medical Bureau of Road Safety with a drug testing device. After a tender process, the Drager DrugTest 5000 was selected to be used by gardai at the roadside, where it will test for up to four of the most commonly abused substances.
  • Sniffer dogs, drug testing under review November 23, 2015
    Party-goers at some festivals in Europe have been warned against using a particular batch of pills after on-site testing of the drugs. Should festival organisers offer drug-testing labs so partygoers can test what is in the substances they have brought with them? These are among the questions set to be tackled by a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into laws a […]
  • Stevie J Headed Back To Rehab To Avoid Jail: 'LHHATL' Star Fails Drug Test November 23, 2015
    Stevie J is headed back to rehab and this time the "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star is hoping to avoid going to jail after the cynical reality star failed yet another drug test required during his ongoing child support drama. The "LHHATL" star has been plagued with legal problems related to a child support case in New York.
  • Personalized Drug Screening on Horizon for Multiple Myeloma Patients November 23, 2015
    A personalized method for testing the effectiveness of drugs that treat multiple myeloma may predict quickly and more accurately the best treatments for individual patients with the bone marrow cancer. The process, developed by scientists at Washington University School of Medicinea in St. Louis, also may aid patients with leukemia or lymphoma.
  • Southington BOE to cover more costs for activities November 18, 2015
    In order to thank local families and the Parent Teacher Organization for their financial sacrifices over the past few years when the district was in financial trouble, school officials announced Tuesday a plan to cover more costs for extracurricular activities. Board President Tim Arbogast said officials also plan to reduce the pay-to-participate fee to $50 […]
  • Ten Participants in County Drug Court November 18, 2015
    The Marinette County Drug Court expects to graduate its first participant within a few months, reported Sara Plansky-Pecor, Coordinator for the Drug Court, to the County's Health and Human Services Committee at a meeting on Nov. 4. The program, in operation since September of 2014, now has 10 participants, seven of whom are employed full time.
  • The $40 Billion Snake Oil Industry November 18, 2015
    Sold under names like Jack3d and OxyElitePro, the best-selling supplement is made with chemicals from China that Mizer said the company knew were dangerous and used anyway. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ben Mizer took the podium Tuesday to announce a multi-faceted approach to "stem the tide of unlawful dietary supplements" in the U.S. […]
  • Cities vow to mount legal challenge to new countywide police standards November 18, 2015
    Police chiefs packed the County Council Chambers last week, including far left, Sunset Hills Police Chief William LaGrand and middle, Crestwood Deputy Chief Ron Compton. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.
  • Cheating On Court Ordered Drug, Alcohol Tests Just Got A Lot Harder November 18, 2015
    Offenders facing court ordered drug tests in Reno Municipal Court have often found ways around the system. That just got a lot harder and consequences for cheaters a lot swifter.
  • Truck driver smoked synthetic pot before crash that killed four November 17, 2015
    WASHINGTON _ The truck driver who slammed into a college softball team's bus on I-35 near Davis last year, killing four young women, had a history of smoking synthetic marijuana and had a pipe with residue from the drug in his vehicle, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. The 53-year-old driver didn't try to brake or steer when he […]
  • New Belpre school buses in use November 17, 2015
    The Belpre City Schools Board of Education received an update on the new buses from Superintendent Tony Dunn at Monday's monthly school board meeting. Since the beginning of the current month, the buses have been in use transporting students to and from school, Dunn said.

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