Fish Tales and DNA Testing Texas

Normally when you think of DNA testing, the first things that come to mind are probably paternity testing, criminal investigations, etc. Chances are, you, like most people, probably don’t often equate DNA testing with non-human beings. Well, recently Texas DNA testing helped identify–of all things–the paternity of a fish! Yes, you read that correctly: a fish paternity test. It all started in December of 2004 when Texas fisherman Jerry Campos caught a monstrous 14 pound largemouth bass at Lake Falcon in Laredo. Campos dubbed the bass “ShareLunker 370,” and then donated it to Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens as part of their ShareLunker program for spawning purposes. Recently, Allen Lane Kruse caught a big bass and set a water-body and catch-and-release record for Lake Naconiche. Texas DNA testing has determined that Kruse’s catch (weighing in at a hefty 12.5 pounds) is in fact the son of ShareLunker 370, the original...
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Customized Non-DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy Development

bill-currentDrug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Services is pleased to announce a partnership with Bill Current, president of WFC & Associates, LLC, a consulting practice founded in 1998 to assist companies in the drug testing industry increase revenue and grow their businesses.  Bill has worked with many of today’s leading providers of drug testing and background screening services.  He has helped both small businesses and large corporations improve their return on investment in drug testing.  Mr. Current specializes in helping non-regulated businesses write drug testing policies that are in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws.  It’s as easy as filling out a questionnaire to ensure your company’s drug testing policy covers all aspects necessary to build a safe, drug-free environment. Call us for more information at (903) 247-9546
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Find The Answers You Seek Through DNA Testing in Texas

Anybody that watches TV and one of the numerous shows about law enforcement and the cases police detectives work on is familiar with DNA testing or profiling. DNA testing is a test conducted by scientists to assist in the positive identification of individuals by their unique DNA Profile. DNA testing was first introduced in 1994 by a professor at the University of Leicester in England. DNA testing is also performed to identify potential matches of parents and children. DNA testing in Texas is performed by the professionals at DATCS in Longview and Tyler. Our experience dates back to the mid 90’s when Connie Hagen was first hired by a Houston company to create a drug testing facility in Longview. Determined to offer the best and professional service possible, Connie has continued to establish benchmarks for achieving outstanding results for all of her clients. What started out as a company just offering...
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Drug Testing, Texas - To Keep Everyone Safe

drug testing texas | Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance ServicesWe are constantly bombarded with news about various athletes taking performance enhancing drugs to pad their statistics and to get more money from their teams. We hear of impaired drivers on the road that are under the influence of prescription medication, illegal drugs or alcohol. Many of us have experienced or heard of employees that are under the influence of drugs in the workplace creating not only an unpleasant experience for the customer, but also compromise their own safety and the safety of co-workers. According to studies conducted, nearly 1 out of 3 fatal collisions on Texas roadways are related to alcohol. Nobody wants to be exposed to these risks. Employers as well as customers or clients are expecting the best possible service. If you need confidential and professional drug testing in Texas, Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Service or DATCS is the leading provider of drug testing in Texas. DATCS...
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Inhaled alcohol bypasses the liver and goes directly into the lungs & brain.

A relatively new practice among mostly young adults, who want to avoid the calories associated with drinking alcohol, is to "smoke" or inhale alcohol vapors. The growing trend is considered highly dangerous by experts because it bypasses the body's ability to protect itself from too much alcohol, increasing the risk of alcohol poisoning. The alcohol goes directly into the lungs and the brain, circumventing the liver which metabolizes alcohol. According to Dr. Harris Stratyner, Regional Clinical Vice President of Caron Treatment Centers, "One of the things that prevents alcohol poisoning is that you usually vomit…When you circumvent the stomach and go straight to the lungs, you don't have that ability." Inhaling alcohol can also dry out the mucus membranes in the nose and mouth, increasing the risk of infection. Source: www.ncadd.org/index.php/in-the-news/748-inhaling-alcohol-dangerous-trend
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Fast and Reliable Drug Testing Can Be Found in Longview, TX

drug testing longviewToday’s employment market is very competitive, and employers want to make sure that their employees are not only the best trained and have the right experience, employers also need to ensure that their current and future employees are able to perform their duties to the best of their abilities. One of the many ways to ensure top performance, is by having all future and even current employees undergo drug testing for legal or illegal substances, nicotine, and/or alcohol. It is common for government agencies to require periodic tests to issue or renew occupational licenses, such as commercial driver licenses. The professionals at Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Services are able to perform drug testing in Longview, TX for a variety of situations. They may include pre-employment drug testing, court ordered testing, return-to-duty testing, reasonable suspicion testing, post accident and follow-up testing. Courts may also order drug tests to make sure individuals...
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DEA Makes Three More “Fake Pot” Drugs Temporarily Illegal Today

herdrug030412a_212861a_8col  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: DEA Public Affairs (202) 307-7977  Press Release DEA Makes Three More “Fake Pot” Drugs Temporarily Illegal Today MAY 16 (WASHINGTON) –Today the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the synthetic cannabinoids UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48 Schedule I, illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years.  These cannabinoids are often seen in so-called “fake pot” products that are falsely marketed and sold as “herbal incense” or “potpourri” products on the Internet and by a variety of retail stores.    Synthetic cannabinoids refer to a family of substances that act on the brain similar to delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis.  The actual chemical names of today’s controlled cannabinoids are: •         (1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (UR-144); •         [1-(5-fluoro-pentyl)-1H- indol-3-yl](2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (5-fluoro-UR-144, XLR11); and •         N-(1-adamantyl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (APINACA, AKB48). This action is based on a finding by DEA’s Deputy Administrator Thomas Harrigan that the placement of these synthetic...
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How our Background Check Services Can Help Your Business in Tyler TX

DATCS knows that more and more companies are requiring background checks in Tyler, TX. Background screening protects your business by preventing misrepresentation from job applicants and enabling your company to eliminate applicants who have shown unwanted behaviors. We at Drug and Alcohol Test Compliance Services understand your business needs when it comes to background checks in Tyler TX. We will help you by customizing a background check package with your specific needs in mind. Our background check service will help your business hire and retain the individuals who meet your company’s precise criteria. Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance Services offers a wide range of comprehensive pre-employment verification and background services to meet your employment needs. Social Security Searches report basic information, including date of birth, addresses, phone numbers,date the SSN was issued, postal records, property ownership, family members like spouse, children, or close relatives. It will also include legal notices like...
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Hospital treats drug-dependent babies in Knoxville, TN

0f7f63d6f24ba80f310f6a706700362c_original[caption id="attachment_4203" align="alignleft" width="307"] In this March 29, 2013 photo, Baby Liam receives a dose of morphine at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. The baby is one of many infants born dependent on drugs being treated at the facility. In most cases seen at the hospital, mothers had abused prescription painkillers or anti-anxiety medicines while pregnant. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) The baby is one of many infants born dependent on drugs. He is being treated at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, where doctors and nurses are on the front lines fighting the nation's prescription drug epidemic. Drug abuse in the state is ranked among the nation's highest, according to some estimates, a fact underscored by the number of children born with signs of drug dependence. In 2008, East Tennessee Children's Hospital treated 33 infants at the hospital for drug dependence, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome. Officials there expect that...
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A Synthetic Drug Called Benzo Fury - “The Legal Killer”

benzo-fury-pellet-foil-new Today there are many different synthetic drugs which are created to simulate other illegal drugs, displaying a myraid of effects due to its toxic properties and its “unknown source.” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2013 -- Today there are many different synthetic drugs which are created to simulate other illegal drugs, displaying a myraid of effects due to its toxic properties and its “unknown source.” There is no standard in the creation of synthetic drugs because it is all up to the “illegal chemist” to decide how much of what goes into their product—not caring for the unpredictable reactions it causes to its user. Common forms of synthetic drugs may be synthetic marijuana called spice and bathsalts, which aim to mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine. Another type of synthetic high called “Benzo Fury” is still legal for sale in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It...
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Complete, Efficient, and Confidential DNA Testing in Tyler, TX

Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance Service is the leading provider of Drug Testing, DNA Testing, DOT Compliance Services, Background Checks, Supervisor Training and Much More! We provide complete, full service drug and DNA testing programs to individuals, courts, schools and state and federal companies throughout the United States. We have several physical locations as well as a large network of collection sites across the country,. We are the premier provider of DNA testing in Tyler, TX. Connie Hagen is President of Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance Services.  She has over 15 years experience creating and managing fully compliant, efficient, and confidential DNA testing in Tyler, TX. Connie was determined to offer the best customer service to her clients, so she studied other successful programs and even became a charter member of a nationwide organization created for third party program administrators dedicated to drug and DNA testing. DNA testing may be performed...
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DNA Testing News

DNA testing texasDNA testing in Texas plays a vital role in paternity testing, immigration testing, custody and child support cases and more. Recently in Wyoming, new DNA testing may have the power to change a man’s life. In 1989, Andrew J. Johnson was convicted of rape and has been incarcerated ever since in the Rawlins state prison. Now, over 23 years later, lawyers for the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center say that new DNA testing proves that Johnson—who has always denied any guilt—is, in fact, innocent. Cheyenne lawyer Aaron J. Lyttle has requested (and expects to receive) a new trial for Mr. Johnson.  In fact, Lyttle also believes that Laramie County District Attorney Scott Homar may even drop charges against Johnson. However, there are still issues to be considered, like the important fact that the rape victim identified Johnson as the attacker. The district attorney agrees that these new DNA results are good for...
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Drug Testing News: Pre-Employment Drug Test Positives Increase More Than 5%

An attendee holds marijuana buds at the International Cannabis & Hemp Expo in OaklandMarijuana Remains Most Commonly Detected; Oral Fluid Finding More Positives MADISON, N.J., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Job candidates subject to pre-employment drug screening tested positive for illicit drugs at a greater rate in the first six months of 2012 than in all of 2011, according to Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) data released today by Quest Diagnostics (DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services. The positivity rate from pre-employment urine drug screening in the U.S. general workforce increased by 5.7% in the first half of 2012 compared to 2011, while the positivity rate from random urine drug testing in the U.S. general workforce was down 5.8%. The positivity rate in pre-employment urine drug screening for the federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforce remained unchanged from 2011 through the first half of 2012, but the positivity rate from random testing among these workers was down 6.7% in the first six months of 2012...
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Don't Give ADHD Meds to Undiagnosed Kids, Experts Urge

Tuesday March 19, 2013 -- Some people call it "brain doping" or "meducation." Others label the problem "neuroenhancement." Whatever the term, the American Academy of Neurology has published a position paper criticizing the practice of prescribing "study drugs" to boost memory and thinking abilities in healthy children and teens. The authors said physicians are prescribing drugs that are typically used for children and teenagers diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for students solely to improve their ability to ace a critical exam -- such as the college admission SAT -- or to get better grades in school. Dr. William Graf, lead author of the paper and a professor of pediatrics and neurology at Yale School of Medicine, emphasized that the statement doesn't apply to the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Rather, he is concerned about what he calls "neuroenhancement in the classroom." The problem is similar to that caused by performance-boosting...
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Family issues warning after teen suffers severe brain damage from synthetic marijuana

060512_NEWS_K2_MRM   by Kevin Reece / KHOU 11 News HOUSTON -- On December 7th Emily Bauer began to slur her speech, stumble, complain of massive migraine headaches and began to turn violent, psychotic, and too difficult for her frightened family to control. Her family called for an ambulance to take her to the nearest hospital. But within 24 hours she was being life-flighted from a Cypress-area hospital to the Texas Medical Center, the victim of a massive series of strokes. She suffered severe brain damage. She was only 16 years old.  And the culprit was synthetic marijuana. “She actually had swelling on her brain that they had to drill into her head to relieve the pressure,” said her father Tommy Bryant.  “They didn’t even know if she’d make it through that procedure. But they had to do it.” Emily has turned 17 since she has been hospitalized at Children’s Memorial Hermann. ...
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Designer Drug "Smiles" or 2C-I Potent & Deadly

designer drug "smiles" or 2c-i       2C-I is a psychedelic phenethylamine of the 2C family. It was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin. The drug is used recreationally for its psychedelic and entactogenic effects and is sometimes called "smiles" in the media.2C-I is commonly sold in its hydrochloride salt form, which is a fluffy, sparkling-white powder, which can sometimes be pressed into a tablet form. Like all the 2C drugs, it’s a psychoactive, hallucinogenic chemical that alter the brain’s balance of dopamine and serotonin. Smiles are particularly powerful, binding to serotonin receptors in the brain at 20 times the rate of another drug used in schizophrenia research. The effects of 2C-I, like those of LSD, can last up to eight hours. But because the effects can take time to appear, users may think they haven’t taken enough to get the desired high, and so take more, risking overdose. The drug can be taken as small...
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"Krokodil" This Outrageously Insane Designer Drug Kills It's Junkies

das-krokodil-mit-der-hand-1188831286-1      Desomorphine--Permonid is an opioid invented in 1932 in the United States that is a derivative of morphine. It has sedative and analgesic effects, and is around 8-10 times more potent than morphine. It was used in Switzerland under the brand name Permonid, and was described as having a fast onset and a short duration of action, with relatively little nausea or respiratory depression compared to equivalent doses of morphine. The drug's sinister nickname -- also known as Krokidil -- refers to the greenish and scaly appearance of a user's skin at the site of injection as blood vessels rupture and cause surrounding tissues to die. According to reports, the drug first appeared in Siberia and parts of Russia around 2002, but has spread throughout the country in recent years. To produce the potentially deadly drug, which has a comparable effect to heroin but is much cheaper to make,...
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Synthetic marijuana is still huge problem for area law enforcement

51148be884326.preview-300By Sarah Thomas sthomas@news-journal.com Synthetic marijuana is back in the spotlight after recent incidents in Texas and Louisiana. A Cypress teen suffered a series of strokes that left her brain-damaged, blind and paralyzed, and a Louisiana man said he cut his pregnant wife and killed his unborn baby while under the influence of synthetic marijuana. Despite this past year’s ban on the substance, area law enforcement and drug specialists said manufacturers have found an end-run to the law, and young people are still using the dangerous cocktail of chemicals. “They just keep changing the formula to stay ahead of the laws,” said Longview Police Department spokeswoman Kristie Brian. “When K2 was outlawed, they just created another substance. That’s what makes it so hard to arrest and prosecute people.” Texas lawmakers banned a version of the drug — which was previously available at gas stations, tobacco shops and online — setting penalties...
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Heavy metal testing - The Difference Between Blood and Hair

heavy_metal_diagramSome heavy metals, in trace amounts, are beneficial to the body; these include iron, zinc, copper and manganese. Other heavy metals can be poisonous or toxic to the human body; these include arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, iron, and others. These metals manifest themselves within the soft tissues of the body and may cause gastrointestinal, neurological, and other serious illness if left untreated. More people are undergoing heavy metal testing, via Live Blood Cell Analysis or Hair Mineral Analysis, to seek answers to some of their acute or long-term health issues. Still others ask for testing to get ahead of any potential health problems. Heavy metals become poison to the body when the elements deposit in soft tissue and remain there due to the body's inability to metabolize them. Toxic metals enter the body via consumption of food or water; inhalation of polluted air; or absorption through the pores of the skin....
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Fingernail Drug Testing The Window of Detection Using nail Clippings For Drug abuse!

Nail-Illustration usdtlFingernail, a keratinized protein like hair, is emerging as apopular specimen type for drug and alcohol testing. Usingfingernail samples for toxicological analysis and pharmacokineticstudies has been around for decades. However, many people donot have as much experience interpreting the results as they dohair and urine and there is confusion of whether to use a clippingor scrapings. One of the most frequent questions to thelaboratory concerns the window of detection. How far back does the fingernail test go? To answer this, we need to discuss the anatomy of the fingernail and how compounds are incorporated into the nail. Nail is keratinized protein very similar to hair. It is porousand compounds become entrapped and bind within the structure. For this discussion, we need to know 4 anatomical features: the germinal matrix, the nail plate, the nail bed, and the free edge (Figure 1). The nail originates at the germinal matrix and grows outward...
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