03. March 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: News

The issues plaguing state crime labs like Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, MassachusettsMinnesota, North Carolina, continue to occur and people are being to acknowledge the system is overdue for sweeping reform. Now we can add New Jersey to the hall of shame.

A lab technician for the State Police allegedly faked results in a drug case, and has drawn into question 7,827 criminal cases on which he worked, according to state officials.

Kamalkant Shah worked as a laboratory technician for the State Police laboratory in Little Falls and was found to have “dry labbed” suspected marijuana, according to a Feb. 29 memo to Public Defender Joseph Krakora from Deputy Public Defender Judy Fallon. Shah’s essentially accused of making up data.

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.”

source: http://www.nj.com/passaic-county/index.ssf/2016/03/state_police_lab_tech_allegedly_faked_results_in_p.html

 

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.

source: http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2016/1/5/the-cdc-and-profit-driven-drug-testing

In an incredibly backwards display of irony, the union representing the Pittsburgh police has filed a most unusual lawsuit. A civil rights grievance has been filed against the city, claiming that officers being required to undergo mandatory drug testing is not only a violation of their contract, but of the Constitution as well.

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.

This demonstration video shows your perfectly how to fill the Whizzinator, put it on, and how to operate it.

Spectrum Labs release the following statement about quick fix urine and uric acid,

Uric Acid and the Amateurs
If you are buying a synthetic urine product with uric acid, you are buying it from the amateurs.  Would you buy a synthetic product with blood in it?  Of course not.  Blood is not supposed to be in urine and only raises more red flags during your test.  Uric acid is the same way.  There is absolutely no reason for uric acid to be in synthetic urine for a pre-employment test.  It is a sure sign of a shoddy product. Do not embarrass yourself by using inferior products.

Knowledge Is Key!
Within the industry there has been confusion about Uric Acid. You can trust Spectrum Labs, based on our experience as the innovator of synthetic urine and the millions of units sold. Furthermore, as the recognized leader in the industry, Spectrum has received multiple patents from the United States Patent and Trademark offices to protect our products and you the customer.  Spectrum has engineered Quick Fix and Quick Fix Plus with the necessary components such as; UREA, creatinine, biocide and kept our products nitrite and uric acid free.

There is NO scientific reason for companies to add uric acid to their products. This is a marketing ploy and if you choose a product with uric acid in it you are gambling with your future. DON’T LET YOUR JOB GO UP IN SMOKE! Choose the trusted brand leader that has been around for over 25 years.  There is a reason Spectrum has sold more synthetic products than all of our competition combined.

Spectrum Labs is right to say their is no scientific reason for uric acid to be added to synthetic urine, it’s a marketing ploy. Urea is what they are testing for and if you don’t have urea your going to have invalid results.

 

The whole saga behind disgraced lab chemist Annie Dookhan that I wrote about last year just continues to get worse and worse.

Dookhan was sentenced in 2013 to at least three years in prison, after pleading guilty in 2012 to having falsified thousands of drug tests. Among her extracurricular crime lab activities, Dookhan failed to properly test drug samples before declaring them positive, mixed up samples to create positive tests, forged signatures, and lied about her own credentials. Over her nine-year career, Dookhan tested about 60,000 samples involved in roughly 34,000 criminal cases. Three years later, the state of Massachusetts still can’t figure out how to repair the damage she wrought almost single-handedly.

Of course, there are also an awful lot of folks whose convictions were predicated on a massive fraud. Many of them don’t even know this, and most cannot afford to hire attorneys to reopen their cases. Even if they have already served their sentences, the collateral impact of having drug convictions infects every part of their lives. Who is responsible for fixing that?

In Massachusetts it doesn’t even end there. Only a few months after Dookhan’s conviction, it was discovered that another Massachusetts crime lab worker, Sonja Farak, who was addicted to drugs, not only stole her supply from the evidence room but also tampered with samples and performed tests under the influence, thus tainting as many as 10,000 or more prosecutions.

Way to go Massachusetts Crime Lab, this goes to show crime labs need independent oversight built directly into the system. Otherwise these issues can never be resolved. Here’s a thing that would appear to point to a (another) big flaw in the system; prosecutors are apparently immune from their flawed actions. They’re slow to remedy wrongful convictions in these cases this Annie Dookhan tainted, and they don’t appear to be accountable. Many of the news articles remark on the fact that the prosecutors involved refuse to do anything about the thousands sitting in jail based on these faulty tests citing they followed procedure. I can’t think of a bigger flaw in a system wherein the ones in power refuse to correct the situation. The criminal justice system in this country is in dire straits. Thanks mainly to the war on drugs.

Over the past decade, crime lab scandals have plagued at least 20 states, as well as the FBI. We know that one of the unintended consequences of the war on drugs has been a rush to prosecute and convict and that crime labs have not operated with sufficient independence from prosecutors’ offices in many instances. Their mistakes ruin lives.

This issue will continue to escalate.

 

source: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/10/massachusetts_crime_lab_scandal_worsens_dookhan_and_farak.html

 

 

cocaineOnce again another story highlights the failure of drug field test kits used by law enforcement to test suspicious substances are prone to false positives. I wrote a about this issue a few months back when I said experiments show “dangerous” field drug test problems” used by law enforcement as just us unreliable as instant screens used for employment drug test are prone to false positives.

Before a routine inspection, University of Miami student Jonathan Harrington poured powdered sugar on his kitchen counter and coffee table and cut it into lines. With the confectionery powder in plain sight, next to a few aspirin pills, he thought it was obvious this was a bad joke.

In hindsight this may have been a bad joke, but with inaccurate field drug test kits being used by police this kid didn’t stand a chance.

He still thought he’d walk away, once police began using a cocaine field test on the powder — until police said it tested positive. After 20 minutes, it began turning blue, Harrington said.

He then spent the next two days in a county jail charged with cocaine possession.

Harrington later bonded out, according to the station. The state soon dropped the charges once the crime lab found that the “coke” was really just meant for legal sweet treats.

It’s even more troubling that they charged him with a crime based of inaccurate field drug test kits without confirming the results with the state lab.

source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/powdered-sugar-prank-puts-university-of-miami-student-behind-bars/

Last Year 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 fired cops claim that a hair follicle test used to detect drug use unfairly singles out black people and leads to false positives and the courts agreed with those officers and had their hair follicle drug test thrown own.

Hair follicle testing has long been criticized as racially unfair due to the higher levels of melanin found in the hair of African and Mediterranean people. Melanin, the protein that gives us our skin and hair color, also happens to bind to cocaine and other drug metabolites at a higher rate. source Hightimes.com

Even Congress has gotten on board about how hair follicle test is inaccurate and unfairly affect African Americans. American truck drivers are fighting a proposal in Congress that would subject them to drug testing via hair sample arguing hair testing programs can discriminate should be cause enough for concern to put the brakes on any federal hair testing proposal.

I really don’t have to say much on this on this one.

A number of federal employees with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have failed drug tests over the past five years, only to receive short suspensions or other minor reprimands,newly released documents reveal.

So while Drug Enforcement Administration continues this pointless crackdown around the United States, some of the agency’s own agents have reportedly been busted for using illegal drugs with minimal repercussion. Yet, even in few rare cases where the agents were fired, the federal Merit System Protection Board often reinstated them back to their positions..

source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dea-drug-tests_560abff4e4b0af3706de0211

Hair Follicle drug testing is by far the hardest type of drug test to beat. This testing is so precise that even the smallest trace amounts of drugs can be detected. There are detox shampoos out there that can be used to pass a hair follicle drug test. Luckily, these tests are very expensive, and most employers do not use them. Out of all the drug tests, on average only 5% is hair testing. Hair testing usually goes back 90 days, but it is not uncommon for them to go back even further. The good news is that normal everyday hair damage will naturally remove toxins. Coloring, bleaching, cutting, and even shampooing your hair gradually removes drug toxins. The darker your hair, the longer your hair is going to hold toxins. Also, the more you used toxins, the longer the toxins are going to stay in your hair. If you find out you are going to have to take a hair follicle test, stop using immediately. Any continued use is just going to make it harder for you to pass. Next get a haircut. The more you cut the more toxins you lose. Make sure you leave at least one inch of hair on your head because this is what they require to do the test, this could be harder for women though. If your hair is shorter than this, they will take the hair from under your arms, on your arms, legs, and if there is no hair in any of these places, they will go to your pubic region. Some people will shave all their hair thinking if they don’t have hair they’ll just give them a urine test. Labs are not stupid and know what you are doing. They will fail you based on trying to avoid a hair test.

It is now time for a new hair color. Bleaching is the best way to remove toxins besides cutting your hair. Basically what bleaching does is strips your hair of its pigment. This also will strip out some toxins but not all. Coloring your hair is the next best thing to bleaching. You won’t remove as many toxins as you would if you bleached it, but you will remove some. While bleaching and cutting are effective in removing drug toxins from your hair, it’s not going to completely clean it. Like I said before, hair testing is very precise and hard to beat. If you have been doing drugs you MUST use something on your hair or you’re going to fail miserably. There are two different types of shampoos on the market; those that strip your hair of the toxins, and leave in conditioners that mask the toxins. If I were going to have to take a hair follicle test, I would use both types of products if you can.

The detoxifying company, Ultra Klean, manufacturers a product called Ultra Cleanse Detox Shampoo. This shampoo strips the toxins from the hair for 24hours. You may ask why only 24 hours? because after that period new hair growth occurs which will contain new toxins that were not able to be stripped when using the detox shampoo. On the day of your test you wash your hair with the shampoo twice. Your hair will be clean all day.

Along with the shampoo people have been reporting they have been using the Get Clean Shampoo by Spectrum Laboratories. This is not actually a shampoo but is a leave in conditioner that will mask the toxins in the hair when being tested. After you wash your hair with the Ultra Cleanse, start applying the Get Clean Shampoo. The Get Clean Shampoo is a one hour application and requires a shower cap. It is very important to not rinse your hair. You can comb out any excess, blow dry, style, and even put hair products in your hair (such as hair spray, gel, etc.). Do not towel dry your hair because this will remove some of the shampoo. The Get Clean Shampoo is good for five to six hours after application since new hair is growing. You may consider hair detoxification to be costly and inconvenient, but it will all be worth it in the end, when you beat the most difficult drug test out there.