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Toes, bones and tissue offer a window on opioid epidemic at NMS Labs in Willow Grove

09/05/2017

For nearly 50 years, privately held NMS Labs has operated out of campus in Willow Grove. The trucks with chilled cargo pull up every day starting at 9 a.m. at NMS Labs, the nation’s premier toxicology laboratory, which operates ‘round the clock through the week.

The trucks with chilled cargo pull up every day starting at 9 a.m. at NMS Labs, the nation’s premier toxicology laboratory, which operates ‘round the clock through the week.

“You name it, we’ve gotten it,” said lab director Robert Middleberg, dressed in a crisp white lab coat, as he surveyed a room full of technicians who process and log each new arrival. The solid materials are rendered into a slurry by a homogenizer, the samples placed into tiny vials, then shuttled off for analysis by a small army of chemists and biologists.

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