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Waterborne Illness

Waterborne Illness

How Prevalent is Waterborne Disease in the United States? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plays an active role in monitoring and surveillance of diseases spread through any water source in the United States. The following estimates were published for 17 waterborne pathogens in 20141:

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Foodborne Illness Caused by Salmonella Bacteria

Salmonella poisoning?

Foodborne Illness Caused by Salmonella Bacteria As the United States enters the warm spring months followed by the sizzling summer months, the causes, symptoms, and prevention of food poisoning due to Salmonella are warranted. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that Salmonella bacteria cause 1.35 million

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Adolescent Use of Delta-8 THC and Marijuana in the United States

Adolescent Use of Delta-8 THC and Marijuana in the United States

Adolescent Use of Delta-8 THC and Marijuana in the United States A 2023 Monitoring the Future survey, published in March 2024, revealed that 11% of 12th-grade students across the United States reported using Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinoid (Delta-8 THC)1. This survey is funded by the National Institutes of Health

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SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data

SAMSHA National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data

The 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data in the United States Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conduct a survey on people living in the United States as to

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Expanded Testing Menu for Judicial Clients

Expanded drug testing menu for Judicial clients

DTPM’s Industrial Laboratory Expands Test Menu for Judicial Clients The DTPM Industrial Laboratory announced a test menu expansion to meet the needs of our judicial clients. Some of the new drugs do not have commercial testing kits available. The DTPM Industrial Laboratory uses Liquid Chromatography and Mass

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Opioid Crisis in the United States: Overwhelming Statistics

Opioid Crisis in the United States: Overwhelming Statistics

Opioid Crisis in the United States: Overwhelming Statistics Estimated overdose deaths in 2021: 107,0001 50% of all emergency room visits were classified as substance use disorders2 Opioid overdose estimated annual cost to US Hospitals: $11 Billion3 Average cost for an overdose patient who was admitted and treated:

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Psychedelic Drugs

Psychedelic Drugs - are they safe?

Psychedelic Drugs – What are They? Are they Dangerous? Psychedelic drugs are known as dissociative drugs that can temporarily alter a person’s mood, thoughts, and perceptions. Strong emotions emerge ranging from bliss to fear along with vast changes in how users perceive reality1. An Alaska Airlines pilot,

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Delta-8/Delta-9 THC Differentiation

Why Should My Lab Offer Delta-8/Delta-9 THC Differentiation? Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinoid (Delta-8 THC) is legal at the federal level; but it’s not legal in every state. Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinoid (Delta-9 THC) is illegal at the federal level; but it’s legal in more than 50% of states1. THC screening tests

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Shelby County Community Corrections Expands Drug Testing Capacity

Shelby County Community Corrections Expands Drug Testing

Shelby County Community Corrections Expands Drug Testing Capacity Shelby County, located in the central portion of Alabama,  is one of Alabama’s fastest-growing counties. Its brilliant patchwork of history, culture, attractions, arts, and community makes it one of the nation’s most dynamic counties. As of the 2020 census,

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