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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

  • Ontario launches review of hair drug tests performed at Sick Kids November 28, 2014
    Queen's Park will probe five years' worth of hair drug tests performed by the Hospital for Sick Children, used in child protection and criminal cases, amid an ongoing Star investigation . Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur said the independent review of Motherisk laboratory program at Sick Kids, led by retired Appeal Court Justice Susan Lang, is a […]
  • Youngless' attorney cites conflict of interest November 28, 2014
    Citing a conflict of interest, defense attorney Paul Dolce stepped way from representing drug defendant John W. Youngless III on Monday. "He represented Fernekees in the Sax case," Leffler said.
  • Initiatives to tackle Ice issue across Victoria November 28, 2014
    LIBERAL candidate for Ripon Louise Staley welcomed Attorney General Robert Clark to Ararat to discuss how the Napthine Government is acting to tackle Ice use and dealing. LIBERAL candidate for Ripon Louise Staley welcomed Attorney General Robert Clark to Ararat to discuss how the Napthine Government is acting to tackle Ice use and dealing.
  • Astana Continental team 'suspended' in wake of new positive November 27, 2014
    Astana faces intense scrutiny after five different riders associated with the team have failed doping tests in 2014. Photo: Casey B. Gibson Astana is pulling the plug on its Continental team following a third doping positive that threatens to engulf the WorldTour team as well.
  • Board defers decision on changes to drug testing policy November 26, 2014
    When it comes to changing county policies, the Wright County Board has a tendency to be deliberate in its actions. At the Nov. 18 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, when the board was asked to approve significant revisions to the county's drug and alcohol workplace testing policy, one commissioner cried foul.
  • Cracking Down on Maine's Welfare Reform November 26, 2014
    Late last week, the Obama administration threatened to cut federal funding over one of Maine's new anti-fraud measures, while the LePage administration began marketing its aggressive reform agenda to a national audience. Grab the popcorn.
  • Astana's Fedosseyev tests positive for anabolic steroids November 26, 2014
    Team Astana has faced increasing scrutiny as five riders associated with the team have been snared by anti-doping tests in the second half of 2014. Photo: BrakeThrough Media The Union Cycliste Internationale announced Wednesday that Artur Fedosseyev, a rider for Astana's Continental team, tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids in an anti-dopin […]
  • Research and Markets: Global Alcohol Breathalyzer And Drug Testing... November 26, 2014
    The drug testing segment starts out as a low 29% percent of the drug and alcohol abuse detection market in 2013 and grows to be 66% of the market by 2020 responding in part to the sheer danger of the heroin drugs. The terrorists have promised to be flooding the US with opiates and heroin, wrecking the country from the inside.
  • Good news and bad news November 26, 2014
    A metabolite is a byproduct remaining in the body after metabolism has taken place. * During his trial, jurors ask the judge for instructions.
  • Who's Taking Care of Our Kids? Drug Testing November 26, 2014
    Many jobs are contingent upon pre-employment drug screenings, but a public school teaching job in Nebraska isn't one of them. Only one category of school employees, bus drivers, are required to be screened prior to and during employment.
  • Dump truck, van collide on S.H. 123 November 26, 2014
    Lost: Cat , near Floresville H-E-B, grey striped with small white patch on her chest and white paws, stripes also make the shape of an M on forehead. 682-622-1626.
  • Southern Ohio Law Enforcement Agencies Fighting New Drug Similar To Bath Salts November 26, 2014
    "It was in our city, and we didn't know it - until we caught someone and they educated us about it," said detective Joe Ross of the Ironton Police Department. " felt wonderful, like I was the happiest person in the world.
  • Rot runs deep in security industry November 25, 2014
    Drug addicts, murderers and members of organised crime syndicates are slipping through security company screening processes, to end up looking after your home and family. The Cape Argus can reveal that one Cape Town company found that in two months this year, 27 security guards tried to seek employment with them using falsified documents.
  • Festival drivers busted November 25, 2014
    Victoria police were furious at local authorities and government in NSW after Operation Strawberry Fields yielded a high number of drug and alcohol-related charges over the weekend. The four-day sting ran from Friday until Monday evening, with local police intercepting traffic at Koonoomoo travelling to and from the Strawberry Fields three-day music festival […]
  • Health Minister Eric Hoskins punts to attorney general on use of Motherisk hair tests November 25, 2014
    Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins acknowledged it is “valid” to be asking questions about child welfare cases that relied on hair drug tests performed at the Motherisk laboratory. But he said answers about an unknown number of such cases should come from the Attorney General, not his ministry.
  • Indiana Parole Board calls parole decisions unpredictable November 25, 2014
    William Gholston has been in and out of jail since he was a teenager. Probably the most visual example is a look at Gholston's spans 30 years.
  • Elmendorf City Council special, Nov. 25 November 25, 2014
    If you are missing a pet in Floresville, be sure to check the Floresville holding facility. Animals are only kept for 3 days.

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