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Synthetic drugs? New employee drug test can now identify them!

Synthetic drugs? New employee drug test can now identify them!Synthetic marijuana is increasing in popularity, so new drug tests have been developed to allow employers to test staff for it, and other synthetic drugs. “There are new tests that have come about in just the last couple of years, both lab based and instant tests, that are now available for testing for these substances,” said Karen Kitchen, the owner of USA Mobile Drug Testing of Cleveland.

Ms. Kitchen believes that synthetic marijuana use has quickly become epidemic, especially in Ohio and the U.S.  The drug was blamed for 11,406 emergency department visits in 2010, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network. “It’s becoming a greater, greater problem that I think we’re only on the tip of the iceberg in terms of what is going on in this area,” said Kitchen.

“You can get these products in so many places; on the internet, in head shops, in gas stations, really pretty much if you look around you can find them anywhere, which is pretty frightening,”  she said.

An undercover investigation by NewsChannel5 found that shops are able to side step laws which ban synthetic marijuana by selling new forms of the drug, produced by rogue chemists. The components are constantly being altered to create synthetic marijuana so the substance is still technically legal.

Kitchen said new tests for synthetic marijuana identify two of the most commonly used chemicals found in the drug.

“It’s going to be a kind of an ongoing cat and mouse game, you know, the tests can only be as good as the compounds that we know we’re testing for,” said Kitchen.

Reference: www.newsnet5.com

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