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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

  • Of Bidens and buttheads October 25, 2014
    Michelle Malkin performs a case study of Robert Hunter Biden that she dubs "The chronicles of Hunter Biden." Biden is the younger of Vice President Biden's two sons.
  • Jobless pay OK for people fired for medical pot October 25, 2014
    In a 3-0 decision Friday, the court ruled in favor of a hi-lo operator, a hospital employee and a furniture repairman. The court says there was no evidence that they used marijuana at work or that they had worked while under the influence of pot.
  • Jobless Pay Okay for People Fired for Medical Pot October 25, 2014
    The Michigan appeals court says workers can qualify for unemployment pay if they're fired for using medical marijuana. In a 3-0 decision Friday, the court ruled in favor of a hi-lo operator, a hospital employee and a furniture repairman.
  • BAM to hold crisis meeting on ... October 25, 2014
    The Badminton Association Malaysia will hold an emergency council meeting this Sunday as bewildered council members look for answers following claims that a top shuttler had failed a dope test. BAM has been caught up in a storm following Tuesday's revelation by TV3 and The Star that Malaysia's top badminton player, Datuk Lee Chong Wei, had failed a […]
  • Woman pleads guilty to courtroom intoxication October 24, 2014
    A Knott County woman who went to court Oct. 16 found herself being booked for one more court date and some jail time to boot, after being arrested for public intoxication in the courtroom. According to a citation, Kathleen Hall, 40, was in the circuit court for the morning docket, when bailiffs noticed that she was apparently intoxicated, after she passed ou […]
  • Muskegon lawyer gets license suspended for 3 years October 24, 2014
    The license of a 56-year-old Muskegon lawyer has been suspended for three years following his 2013 cocaine conviction. Terry Nolan, one of the city's highest-profile trial attorneys, won't be able to practice again until Nov. 5, 2017.
  • A measure to mandate drug testing of doctors is getting Californians all riled up. Here's why. October 24, 2014
    Politicians occasionally get death threats. Authors of state ballot measures usually don't.
  • Florida and South Florida October 24, 2014
    The lower half of the Sunshine State wants to split off from the top part and form its own state. South Florida would be the 51st state.
  • Do It Yourself Drug Testing Not the Answer Warns Expert October 24, 2014
    Auckland, 24 October 2014: Companies trying to save money by conducting their own staff drug testing is highlighting bad practices and does not address workplace safety, warns New Zealand's leading drug testing agency. The Drug Detection Agency CEO Kirk Hardy says, "Workplace drug testing is fraught with pitfalls unless it's conducted by an in […]
  • Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino Arraigned in Tax Fraud Case-Find Out When He'll Stand Trial October 24, 2014
    Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother manager Marc Sorrentino appeared before a U.S. District Court judge in Newark, N.J., Thursday for an arraignment on tax fraud charges. The former Jersey Shore star, 32, and his older brother both pleaded not guilty on all counts, ABC and report.
  • Lil Za's Felony Drug Charges Reduced in Justin Bieber Raid October 23, 2014
    Lil Za 's new record is looking good ... well, his criminal record anyway -- because the L.A. County DA just reduced his drug possession charge to a misdemeanor. TMZ broke the story ... Za was charged with felony drug possession -- after cops found ecstasy near him during their raid in January at Justin Bieber 's house.
  • Highlights of ballot initiatives voters to weigh October 23, 2014
    Large companies and national advocacy groups are putting millions of dollars in ads behind ballot measures this year, from questions about oil companies' profits in Alaska to medical marijuana in Florida, according to an analysis of advertising data released Thursday from the Center for Public Integrity. Some $119 million in television ads had been aire […]
  • Workplace drug and alcohol concerns October 23, 2014
    Addressing drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace is a challenging and sensitive issue, as addictions sit at the crossroads of privacy law, human rights, occupational health and safety and management rights. From a management perspective, substance abuse impacts several important employer interests and the employee's ability to meet expectations flowin […]
  • Mum pleads for more drug tests October 23, 2014
    THE news that ice was responsible for the death of popular local fund-raiser and father Scott Morrison is yet another illustration of how this drug is spreading its tentacles through the Shoalhaven community. CARNAGE: Peter Barclay was affected by ice when he was driving this vehicle and veered onto the wrong side of Culburra Road, killing himself and popula […]
  • Chong Wei, at centre of doping scandal, was allegedly 'SHOCKED' at test results October 23, 2014
    Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin met with the Malaysian athlete currently embroiled in a doping scandal, Utusan Malaysia reported today. The Umno mouthpiece reported Khairy as saying that the athlete has given his full cooperation to the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency.
  • Ruidoso Middle School discussing drug testing its athletes October 23, 2014
    Middle school students who want to play sports in Ruidoso are facing the possibility of drug testing. Many parents and staff members admit there is a marijuana problem at Ruidoso Middle School.
  • Self-imposed sentence doesn't fly with judge October 22, 2014
    "It's always interesting when someone wants to impose their own sentence," a Pulaski County judge said Monday when a defendant requested drug treatment in place of a jail sentence. "Incarceration isn't helping, but probation isn't either," Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. told James Henry Ratcliffe, 32, wh […]

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