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Scientists Check THC Content Of Hemp Beer
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Sometimes the scientists get to be the lab rats. Lynn Kurtz works as a forensic toxicologist at the state crime lab in Missoula, Montana, where the staff has recently had occasion to drink beer—all in the name of science. In October, Kurtz and his co-workers came across a letter to the editor of the Journal of Analytical Toxicology. The letter writers had tested a beer called Hempen Ale to determine whether drinking the beer might lead to a urine test that showed positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The test struck Kurtz as a good idea. Kurtz, other lab employees and acquaintances spent an evening drinking Olde Bongwater beer, brewed at Kettlehouse Brewing Co. in Missoula. Olde Bongwater… Read More
Hair Testing’s Color Blind
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The popularity of so-called hair testing to detect drug use is skyrocketing nationwide—a boon for the Cambridge company that is the nation’s largest provider of hair testing services. But with the increased popularity comes new controversy over the accuracy of hair testing, and its possible bias against people with dark hair. Employers, including some of the nation’s most established corporations, favor hair testing over urine testing because it can reveal drug use months earlier, rather than just the previous few days. A snippet of an employee’s hair is sent to one of the companies that provides analysis—most often Psychemedics Corp. in Cambridge—and the strand’s composition is examined for evidence of drug residue. General Motors, Anheuser Busch, BMW and Rubbermaid are… Read More
Drugs of Abuse & Their Detection In Urine
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The aims of the drug screen are to detect the presence of frequently abused drugs in the urine of human subjects. Drug screens are used for one of three purposes: Medical purposes (e.g., to monitor a patient’s progress in a medical treatment program for a drug abuse problem the patient has acknowledged) Legal purposes (e.g., to determine if a suspect had taken controlled substances prior to some accident or crime) Medicolegal purposes (e.g., in an employer’s drug abuse program aimed at both preventing drug-related accidents and crimes and identifying and treating employees with drug abuse problems). For medical purposes, laboratories often use simple, less-expensive methods aimed at identifying specific drugs with which the patient has had problems in the past.… Read More
Judge Blocks First-Ever Mandatory Drug Testing Of Michigan Welfare Recipients
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A federal judge in Michigan today halted the state’s attempt to impose mandatory drug tests on all welfare recipients, confirming American Civil Liberties Union arguments that being poor is not an indication of being criminal. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts, who this morning heard ACLU pleadings on behalf of a group of welfare recipients, said that requiring suspicionless drug tests as a condition for government benefits and subsidies is “likely unconstitutional.” “The judge seemed especially concerned with the rights of ordinary citizens whose only offense here is that they are in need of government help,” said Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan. “No one should have to choose between their constitutional rights and providing for their families.”… Read More
Drug Testing Takes A Hit
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Drug testing on the job, once a controversial practice at a few companies, has become so pervasive that it now seems as common as filling out a W-4 form or punching a time clock. Want that high-profile new job at a Fortune 200 company? Here’s your cup, there’s the bathroom. Give us a urine sample, then we’ll talk stock options, pal. Want to stay employed in that construction job? Better watch what you ingest over the weekend because you may be randomly selected to give a sample before firing up the bulldozer Monday morning. In 1986, only 21.5 percent of companies tested employees, according to a survey by the American Management Association. By 1996, 81 percent did. The number of… Read More
Drawing The Line On Drug Testing
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The case for testing employees, students and those applying for government benefits for drug use seems obvious. Drug testing can deter people from using illegal drugs. It can catch people who are breaking the law. And it can help detect those who are using drugs and make sure they are treated and/or punished. That logic has encouraged the massive expansion of drug testing throughout the United States—first of employees, then of athletes, and now of students and many other categories of Americans. Tens of millions of Americans now urinate into jars or pluck a few hairs so their employers or school authorities can determine whether they have consumed a detectable drug in the past few days or weeks. Many now… Read More
Hemp-Urinalysis “Myth” Probed
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A hefty Kentucky dinner of hemp-fed beef washed down with hemp-brewed beer will in no wise endanger the diner’s employment prospects, researchers for the Kentucky Hemp Growers’ Cooperative Association were delighted to report recently. After all the urinalysis tests came back negative, hempster Andy Graves exulted, “We dispelled a myth! We’re glad we can gloat.” The myth under investigation, promulgated nationwide by the multi-billion-dollar drugtesting industry, holds that just about any ingestible dietary item which contains preparations from the dreaded cannabis plant will leave incriminating “cannabinoid” traces in the ingester’s urine, bound to show up deceptively on their less-than-perfect urinalysis gimmicks as “THC.” Last year, after several professional chemistry journals had published studies showing how this misidentification has occurred in… Read More
Questions To Ask Before You Get Tested
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Hi y’all! I just pulled this off of alt.privacy, and this guy seems to have a good approach to company drug testing. Even if you end up peeing for them like a good boy or girl, this is a way you can make them think about what they’re doing, without appearing to be filthy lowlife drug-using scum. If they’re going to turn this once-great country into an armed camp full of nosy, distrustful pee-sniffers, let’s at least make ‘em work for it! I’m a computer consultant and have successfully fought the drug test question by reverse intimidation. I start asking questions that “they” aren’t prepared to answer. What is the name and address of the lab that will perform the… Read More
UAW Resists Drug Testing
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Drug and alcohol abuse among autoworkers is emerging as a pivotal bargaining issue for Detroit automakers now renegotiating labor contracts with the United Auto Workers. The lingering problem of employee drug and alcohol abuse costs automakers millions of dollars a year in lost productivity, higher absenteeism, health care and employee turnover. Detroit automakers, like other companies and communities nationwide, continue to grapple for solutions. But the UAW opposes a common but more rigorous approach to the problem: random drug screening. “The safety of our employees is a top priority,” said Gordon Kettler, general director of global security for General Motors Corporation. “To help keep our work environment safe, GM has zero tolerance for drug use.” Automakers have resorted to undercover… Read More
Medication & Substances Causing False Positives
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According to a report by the Los Angeles Times New Service, a study of 161 prescription and over the counter medications showed that 65 of them produced false positive results in the most widely administered urine test. Ronald Siegel, a psychopharmacologist at UCLA said, “The widespread testing and reliance on tell-tale traces of drugs in the urine is simply a panic reaction invoked because the normal techniques for controlling drug use haven’t worked very well. The next epidemic will be testing abuse.” Byrd Labs has in its possession an internal document from the Syva Company, makers of the widely used EMIT test. This document, leaked by a disillusioned company employee, lists more than 250 over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs that… Read More
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