From Orlando, Florida, yet another case of drug tests kits that produce false positives. Daniel Rushing was arrested, handcuffed and charged with methamphetamine possession over a tiny flake of donut glaze on the floor of his car.
Not since a pair of Orlando police officers pulled him over, spotted four tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and arrested him, saying they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine.
The officers did two roadside drug tests and both came back positive for the illegal substance, according to his arrest report.
He was handcuffed, arrested, taken to the county jail and strip searched, he said.
A state crime lab, however, did another test several weeks later and cleared him.
These cheap $2.00 field drug tests kits that produce false positives as much as 10% of the time are really starting to get costly for tax payers.
Court documents show the Pennsylvania State Police have paid $195,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a New York man who spent 29 days behind bars after troopers mistook homemade soap for cocaine.
Alexander Bernstein’s attorney, Joshua Karoly, tells The Morning Call ( http://bit.ly/2aeoG2H ) his client also has settled claims against Safariland LLC, the company that produced the allegedly faulty drug test that troopers used during a November 2013 traffic stop. Details of that settlement weren’t available.
State police and Safariland didn’t return messages seeking comment Thursday.
Bernstein was a passenger in a Mercedes-Benz police pulled over for speeding near Allentown. Troopers smelled marijuana, searched the car and found packages the driver said was homemade soap, but tested as cocaine. Lab tests later showed it was soap.
ProPublica recently posted an article that brings up a disturbing aspect fact I’ve already talked about, the reliability of those field drug testing kits law enforcement are using..
The story, entitled “Busted,” tells the horrifying story of a Louisiana woman named Amy Albritton who was convicted of drug possession in Houston, Texas in 2010 on the basis of an obsolete $2 field test (today’s field tests are virtually identical to ones used forty years ago), administered by the police officer on the scene. The officer had found a small crumb of a substance he had decided was crack cocaine – and the field test apparently “proved” it.
Ms. Albritton was arrested, processed, and jailed. Despite her insistence that she was innocent, the district attorney pressured her into accepting a plea bargain. She served three weeks of a six-week sentence in the county jail. By the time she had been released, she had lost her job, her home – and had a felony record that would follow her for the rest of her life, preventing her from getting a decent job and another home.
Meanwhile, the sample found in her car that had been the basis of Ms. Albritton’s conviction had not been subjected to any additional testing to confirm the results. Furthermore, the Harris County crime lab was poorly run in a slapdash manner; testing was rife with errors, and evidence was handled carelessly and even subject to tampering and falsification. Since the 1990s, the Harris County crime lab has been notorious for losing evidence, employing incompetent technicians, and worse. And this plague of incompetence is not limited to Texas, by the way; in 2013, the Boston Globe reported that a lab technician at a Massachusetts drug lab was fabricating results altogether.
Sadly as usual no one will be held accountable for this. Research going back five years and more has shows that these field drug tests kits produce false positives as much as 10% of the time. I can only imagine the thousands innocent people who sit in jails and prisons wrongly convicted based on this supposedly highly unreliable test kits.
Annie Dookhan, the former state chemist who created a multi million-dollar crisis in the criminal justice system that continues today, has been granted parole from her prison sentence.
Sadly the highlights of the issues she caused can be summed up by this statement,
In the years between 2003-2012, Dookhan was involved in tens of thousands of cases. In some cases, she did not perform drug tests but fabricated results. In others, she tampered with drug samples so they would test positive for illegal drugs when there were no illegal substances at all. And sometimes she would change the weight of tested drugs so that they would trigger more serious penalties.
Her abuse of trust will continue to plague the system too,
But what strikes me most is that Dookhan – who engaged in serious and pervasive misconduct with wide and far-reaching costs – received and served a prison sentence far less severe than many of her victims. Some defendants suffered additional costs far more difficult to quantify: lost livelihoods, broken relationships from time in prison, children removed from their custody, and the trauma from incarceration. And then there are the millions of taxpayer dollars that will ultimately be spent trying to clean up Dookhan’s mess.
I don’t usually review two products at the same time, but it turns out the Golden Flask Synthetic Urine and Monkey Flask Synthetic Urine are the exact same product from the makers of the Whizzinator. Why the difference? Turns out the Monkey Flask Urine is owned by a company called Serious Monkey Business who just private labels all their products from Alternative Lifestyle Systems who makes the Whizzinator. That means these two products are identical, only difference is just the box. If you look at any Serious Monkey Business products you’ll find they’re all Alternative Lifestyle Systems products, but just a Serious Monkey Business box.
As a synthetic urine, this is a good product, The results came back for balanced pH, specific gravity, creatinine, uric acid, urea, amino acids, protein, few other urine characteristics, smells like urine and foams when shaken up. The one thing that sets this product apart from its competitors is it’s a four ounce synthetic urine while most other products are usually 3 ounces and the bottle is actually shaped like a flask.
The only downside is unlike quick fix urine that can be reheated unlimited times before use, these products are a single use only, meaning once opened they need to be used in a few weeks or bacteria can begin growing in the bottle.
The prosecutor’s office’s plan, Fallon said, “is to submit for retesting specimens from open cases. The larger, and unanswered, question is how this impacts already resolved cases, especially those where the specimens may have been destroyed.”
Appears some people have noticed the CDC‘s recommendation for urine drug testing in pain management have nothing to with helping with patient care and could be a profit driven motive to drug testing patients in pain, and physicians‘ fears and inability to effectively treat pain.
The annual cost of drug testing in pain management is estimated at $2 billion per year. Unfortunately, that may be a gross underestimate since no study has ever evaluated the indirect costs of patient harm or harming the therapeutic patient-provider relationship—likely the most important aspect of pain management. A November, 2014 article in the Wall Street Journal reported that some physicians are making more money from drug testing patients than treating them.
Curiously enough, it appears that this unconstitutionality only applies to police officers, not to the public that they are meant to protect and serve. The officers’ argument is that a urine drug analysis constitutes an “illegal search and seizure,” and police would be forced to “forfeit their constitutional rights to protect the city from a civil liability.”
The Whizzinator was made famous by celebrities like Ontario Smith, Mike Tyson, and Tom Sizemore. What is the Whizzinator? It’s a realistic looking prosthetic fake penis that has a very quite flow system that can be operated with one hand to release synthetic urine. Ladies you’re not left out, check out the WizClear which is a popular device used by females.
The device has greatly improved over the years, the Whizzinator is 100% free of any metals, can be operated silently with one hand when you need to release the urine by squeezing the tip of the prosthetic fake penis, comes in multiple colors, and can fit anyone with a 54 inch waist. This is the perfect wet sex toy to simulate real human urination.
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