What’s scary is Las Vegas has been using these unreliable field drug test kits for 30 years, and the results the field test results are never confirmed in a crime lab, all while people were forced into guilty pleas based on bad evidence. What should be almost criminal is Police Department’s crime lab had produced a study in 2014 detailing the vulnerabilities of the tests and the prosecutors office continued for two years to to convict people only on these field test kits results, all while knowing that the tests were prone to error. Help in that headline should be used loosely, the district attorney’s office is trying to protect themselves.
The Clark County district attorney’s office established a conviction review unit in October. In what appears to be one of its first efforts, the unit has been seeking information about problematic convictions resulting from one of the office’s routine practices: accepting guilty pleas in drug cases that rely largely on the results of field tests done by police that can be unreliable.
Police place suspicious material into a pouch of chemicals that are supposed to change color to indicate the possible presence of illegal drugs. The $2 tests are used by police departments nationwide, and over nearly 30 years in Clark County they have helped produce tens of thousands of drug convictions for the possession or sale of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. In the vast majority of those cases, the field test results are never confirmed in a formal crime lab.
Yes and No, the presence of just CBD is not going to result in a positive test result because the test is not designed to look for CBD.
That said, individuals using unusually large doses of a cannabinoid-rich hemp oil product (above 1000-2000 mg of hemp oil daily) could theoretically test positive during the initial urinary screen. Although very rare, the urine screen in these cases would likely represent a “false positive” due to other non-THC metabolites or compounds, which may cross-react with the immunoassay. When this is the case, the confirmatory GC/MS test would be negative, since CBD and other cannabinoids will not be detected by the more accurate (and specific) GC/MS screen.
Trump during a campaign rally on Saturday in New Hampshire, just called for drug tests ahead of the third presidential debate.
“I think she’s actually getting pumped up, you want to know the truth. She’s getting pumped up you understand. In fact, we’re gonna be talking about that in a few minutes. She’s getting pumped up for Wednesday night.”
“We’re like athletes right. Athletes, they make them take a drug test, right. I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate. Why don’t we do that? We should take a drug test, prior, because I don’t know what’s going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like, ‘Oh, take me down,’ ” Trump said, imitating Clinton.
“She could barely reach her car, so I think we should take a drug test'”
Trump said he was willing to take drug test. For the good of the American people I volunteer to observe the samples being given and to test their urine samples too. Drop those pants Trump and Clinton and piss in a cup just like the rest of the poor Americans.
Last year I wrote about ten Boston African American Police Officers who lost their jobs due to failing hair follicle drug test were rehired given back pay and are moving forward with with a lawsuit claim for more restitution from the state. The The Massachusetts Appeals Court has given another legal victory to six black Boston police officers who said they were fired over unreliable hair drug testing testing method is unreliable and positive tests are more due to the higher levels of melanin found in the hair of African and Mediterranean people
The court said the officers must be reinstated with back pay and benefits. The appeals court ruling upheld decisions by the state’s Civil Service Commission and Superior Court.
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.
New Florida Department of Law Enforcement data shows that 21 percent of the time, drug evidence that was listed by local authorities as methamphetamine turned out to be something else.
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.
No need to worry at Quest Diagnostics one employee was caught on hidden camera offering to falsify drug screening tests in exchange for $50 cash.
I’ll give you a good specimen. I’ll pee myself. Do it myself. I’m as clean as they come,” the Quest drug-sample technician said during a recorded sting
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.