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Conferences we are attending this month

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USDTL attends upwards of fifty conferences a year. It is our way of supporting the communities we serve and touching base with clients old and new.

The month of October is an extraordinary time for us. We will have personnel at nine conferences.
Starting Tuesday, October 9, Kendyll Vanzandt, Client Services Representative will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Amway Grand Hotel for the annual CoLap conference.
Thursday, October 11, Gary Bohl, Forensic Account Executive, will be in Newport Beach for the West Coast Behavioral Health and Addiction Disorders conference.
Saturday, October 13, Douglas Lewis, USDTL President and Scientific Director, and Victoria Lewis Marketing Sales Associate, will be in Washington, D.C. for the ASA meeting.
Monday, October 15, Bob Demaree, Clinical Projects Manager, will be in Florida at the FANNP conference. 
Wednesday, October 17th, Kendyll will be at NANN in Palm Springs and Bob will join her on the 18th.
Thursday, October 18th, Gary will be at TAAP in Houston, TX.
Wednesday, October 24th, Douglas and Victoria Lewis will be at CCLMA in Chicago.
Thursday, October 25th, Gary Bohl will be at his first international show, AMA, CMA, BMA International in Montreal, CA.
Sunday, October 28th, Bob will be at the Fetus and Newborn conference, talking to clients about our CordStat panels.

It’s a busy month. We are proud to serve. If you are at any of these shows, please drop by and say hello.


Ask Our Toxicologists – Hair Testing

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Q: I received a report that says “REJECTED” and “Profile not indicated- fax request to lab”. What does that mean? Has the specimen been destroyed? What should I do?

A: One piece of information that must be present on the Requisition Form is the Test Profile Requested. The lab is not allowed to pick and choose which panels to run on your behalf. We must obtain that information from the client in writing.

If the requisition form does not indicate which test to run, we reject the specimen with a request for the client to notify USDTL which profile to run on the specimen. You may notify the lab of the test profile you desire by fax or email. Remember to include multiple pieces of identification on the request. One fail-safe and quick way to notify the lab of which test to run is to note the desired profile on your fax copy and fax that over to the lab.

These specimens are retained for at least one week. Specimen requests not resolved within one week are scheduled for destruction along with the week-old negative specimens. One alternative to consider is the selection of a “Default Profile”. Having this information documented and on file at the laboratory allows the laboratory to assign a default profile when one is not indicated on the Requisition Form.

Smiles – new killer drug

What parents need to know about new drug trends in kids: Glass cleaner, bath salts and “Skittle parties” … 

Rampant abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs in the military 

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News You Can Use – Forensic

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Officials in #Russia concerned about new synthetic #marijuana called “spice:” @AP

Painkiller abuse linked to #depression & #suicide in college students:

Evidence mounts: Methadone Risky in Chronic Pain:

Almost 1500 packages of synthetic drugs seized in Illinois: LegalNewsline – Almost 1500 packages of synthetic dr…

On an avg day in June or July, more than 4,800 youths used marijuana for the first time

On an avg day in June or July, more than 5,000 youths smoked cigarettes for the first time

On an avg day in June or July, more than 11,000 youths used alcohol for the first time


Newborn News You Can Use:

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Prescription Drug Abuse Among Pregnant Women:

Addicted Mom on Baby’s Withdrawl; It’s All My Fault:

Prescription Pill Epidemic Impacts Babies:


News You Can Use:

Bill Banning Synthetic Drugs Passes Senate, Awaits President’s Signature

By Join Together Staff | June 29, 2012 | reprinted from:

The U.S. Senate passed a bill outlawing synthetic drugs this week, and awaits President Obama’s signature, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 bans drugs such as “bath salts” and synthetic marijuana at the federal level.

According to a news release from the office of Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the amendment included three bills relating to synthetic substances: one for bath salts, one for synthetic marijuana, and one for synthetic hallucinogens. Click on link above for more information.


News You Can Use – Drug Testing

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A study out of WI shows the benefits of monitoring multiple DUI offenders:

Drunk Driving can indicate addiction problem:


USDTL Unveils New “bath Salts” Assay in Umbilical Cord</p>

DES PLAINES, Ill. (June 1, 2012) – United States Drug Testing Laboratories, Inc (USDTL), a reference laboratory specializing in alcohol and substances of abuse testing, released a new assay testing umbilical cord for newborn exposure in utero to Designer Stimulants/ Bath Salts on Friday, June 1, 2012. The CordStat® assay screens for the most common of designer stimulants known as “Bath Salts.”

Designer stimulants produce an euphoric high and have been described by the CDC as “a serious public threat.” These stimulants are packaged as bath salts, plant food or stain remover with labels that indicate “not for human consumption”. (CDC, 2011; Dargan et al, 2010; Dargan et al, 2011). Officials say the powdery substance mimics the effects of cocaine, ecstasy and LSD. These chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates, violent behavior and suicidal thoughts.

Healthcare workers are seeing neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) like symptoms similar to those seen in newborns exposed to the drugs listed above but cannot be attributed to opiates or other commonly screened for substances of abuse. Due in part to the lack of a widely-available, objective screen to identify newborns that have been exposed to designer stimulants, currently no specific research exists concerning the short-term or long-term harm caused by in utero exposure to designer stimulants. That said, the UK Teratology Information Service has warned that use of designer stimulants should be avoided during pregnancy (UKTIS, 2010).

CordStat® is an ideal clinical assay for healthcare practitioners concerned with monitoring newborns at high risk for having been exposed to Bath Salts/Designer Stimulants. The assay, which tests for 8 of the most common ingredients, can be ordered as an add-on test to one of our standard CordStat® 5-, 7-, 9-, 12- and 13-drug panels. To order, researchers and clinicians can contact Client Services at (800) 235-2367 or at

Established in 1991 as a specialty drug testing facility, USDTL quickly became a leader in the industry.USDTL has made significant breakthroughs by developing procedures to effectively use umbilical cord tissue and meconium specimens to diagnose alcohol misuse and substances of abuse. To find out more, please visit

Bob Demaree, Clinical Projects Manager
(800) 235-2367

USDTL Forensic Blog

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