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
A Horrifying Drug Called ‘Tranq Dope’ Is Spreading in the US
November 15, 2022
The animal tranquilizer xylazine, which has been linked to severe wounds and amputations, has been detected in nearly 40 states.
Opioid on Steroids: Philly Officials Warn about a Powerful New Drug 40 Times Stronger than Fentanyl
January 23, 2022
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia health officials are sounding alarms about the emergence of new opioids in the city’s drug supply that are as much as 40 times more potent than fentanyl, the drug behind the city’s skyrocketing rates of overdose deaths.
Special Penitentiary Service official: medical report on Saakashvili confirms no poisoning
December 21, 2022
The conclusions of a medical study on the condition of the imprisoned former President Mikheil Saakashvili rejected the possibility of poisoning of the former official. The results of the laboratory’s examination had shown the examined toxic substance in the system of the patient was “not present in the body in a poisonous amount”.
Reuters® Fact Check-No evidence drug overdose was main cause of death for George Floyd in 2020
November 8, 2022
Source: Reuters Fact Check
The Reuters Fact Check team reviewed some recent social media claims that George Floyd died from a drug overdose and not due to police restraint. The article gives a synopsis of the Derek Chauvin case and concludes “Available evidence about George Floyd’s death and toxicology test results do not show that his main cause of death was a drug overdose and toxicology results alone cannot identify a lethal level of fentanyl or other drugs in the body.” Included in the article is a video with testimony from Dr. Daniel Isenschmid, an NMS Labs toxicologist.
Trial for alleged poisoning is postponed until November
September 1, 2022
Source: The Meadville Tribune, Pa.
NMS was able to provide toxicology results to Crawford County in northwest Pennsylvania. Initially it had been ruled a young boy had died of asphyxiation due to a seizure disorder. NMS Labs found that the child’s blood sample contained methanol.
How a Horsham lab is helping Philly learn about its contaminated drug supply
August 16, 2022
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
NMS Labs help law enforcement and medical examiners track overdose deaths around the country. But they also help public health officials learn about the extent of contaminants in the drug supply.
Tracking origins of super-powered meth as overdoses rise in Pennsylvania
April 5, 2022
Source: ABC 6 Philadelphia
In a country that is still recovering from an opioid crisis, law enforcers are starting to see the emergence of super-powered versions of meth. This special report, featuring NMS Labs, reviews one man's recovery from addiction and the many public health dangers.
An Inside Look at the Montgomery County Lab That Did the Toxicology for George Floyd
May 20, 2021
Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia
A Montgomery County laboratory’s toxicology report on George Floyd played a key role in the murder trial for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. NBC10’s Rosemary Connors gives us an exclusive inside look at the laboratory and the important work that takes place there.
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.
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..
40 Americans Are Dying Every Month From Taking this New, Legal Opioid
March 12, 2020
Isotonitazene is a novel synthetic opioid that has not yet been banned. But deaths are on the rise.
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.