NMS Labs Media Coverage

NMS Labs offers an extensive listing of laboratory testing in the fields of toxicology, blood alcohol, drug identification & controlled substance identification, and vital clinical diagnostics for law enforcement agencies, departments of health and public safety, federal agencies, reference labs and clinical research organizations. Here you can find featured news articles and media placements.

In the News

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The DuPage County coroner is warning people of two new street drugs that have been linked to 15 deaths in DuPage County.

August 14, 2020
Source: The Chicago Tribune
The DuPage County coroner is warning people of two new street drugs that have been linked to 15 deaths in DuPage County. Dr. Richard Jorgensen said his office investigated 11 deaths involving anti-anxiety drug flualprazolam and four deaths related to the synthetic opioid isotonitazene in the last few months.

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How Congress passed a farm bill and left Maryland police labs unable to test for marijuana

June 24, 2020
Source: The Baltimore Sun
As director of Baltimore’s crime lab, Chief Steven O’Dell paid no mind to the farm bill before Congress in late 2018. Neither did Rachel Lucas, who runs the Baltimore County police lab. The bill was supposed to set policy for agriculture, not evidence.More than a year later, however, lab directors such as O’Dell and Lucas are still dealing with the far-reaching and expensive implications of the legislation. It made their instruments for routine lab tests of suspected marijuana suddenly obsolete..

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40 Americans Are Dying Every Month From Taking this New, Legal Opioid

March 12, 2020
Source: Vice
Isotonitazene is a novel synthetic opioid that has not yet been banned. But deaths are on the rise.

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On Television

Dr. Michael Rieders on Smithsonian Channel

This Forensics Test Brought a Serial Killer to Justice

Source: Catching Killers (Season 1, Episode 5) | Smithsonian Channel
With Michael Swango in custody for fraud, it's up to the scientists to figure out how he killed his patients - before his sentence is up and he gets another chance to escape.

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