News & Industry Bulletins

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dominion Diagnostics Honored As One of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Rhode Island

Dominion Diagnostics has been named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Rhode Island. First recognized two years ago among the 2015 Best Places to Work in Rhode Island winners, this marks Dominion's second honor in the annual list.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

American cocaine use is on the rise

The number of cocaine overdose deaths in 2015 was the highest since 2006 and the number of young Americans trying the drug for the first time increased 61 percent from 2013 to 2015. This increase in use appears to be related to Columbia’s growing coca plant harvest, which doubled between 2013-2015. Test samples of cocaine seized from the streets in the US found that 90 percent were of Colombian origin.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Common Misperceptions about Alcohol Metabolites: Ethyl Glucuronide and Ethyl Sulfate

Ethyl glucuronide and ethyl sulfate (EtG and EtS) are minor metabolites of ethanol (alcohol) that can be used to help identify recent ethanol exposure, even after ethanol is no longer measurable. Discussions on the interpretation of EtG and EtS urine test results frequently arise in programs utilizing these tests. Concerns have mostly centered around windows of detection and the sources of the ethanol metabolites when monitoring abstinence (i.e. non-beverage versus beverage).

Monday, January 9, 2017

Opioid Epidemic Fuels Increase in Cocaine Related Overdose Deaths

According to a recent U.S. News & World Report article, the number of people dying from cocaine related overdoses is growing.  This seems to be due to the fact that they are mixing cocaine with opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.  The article states that it is not known whether people are mixing the drugs intentionally or are taking products that are tainted. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

DEA Mandates Significant Cuts in Opioid Painkiller Production

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this week announced it is requiring significant cuts in the production of prescription opioids, HealthDay reports. By 2017 the amount of prescription opioids permitted to be manufactured in the United States will decrease by at least 25 percent.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

DEA Delays Kratom Ban

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has not taken action to make the herbal supplement kratom as schedule I drug, despite previously announcing its intention to do so by September 30. The delay comes as some members of Congress, as well as kratom users and researchers, have grown increasingly vociferous over the notion that the DEA would make kratom a schedule I substance, in the same class as heroin and marijuana, without allowing any public input.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dominion Diagnostics launches new mobile app

Dominion Diagnostics has launched a new mobile application for its customers utilizing smartphones and mobile devices. Developed to augment the company’s secure online portal for electronic orders, results and resources, the new application is called Dominion Connect™ MOBILE and is now available for download on the Apple and Google Play stores.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Dr. Kenneth Blum Recognized by Marquis Who’s Who for Excellence in Pharmacology and NeuroGenetics

Dr. Kenneth Blum has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Medical Experts Raise Alarms About Marijuana “Dabbing”

Medical experts are concerned about marijuana “dabbing,” a potentially dangerous way of using the drug. Dabbing appears to be increasingly popular among young people in New York City, according to The New York Times. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), dabbing is a method used to convert marijuana into a concentrate.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April is National STD Awareness Month

STD Awareness Month is here, along with the alarming news that sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. Too many people want to avoid the topic altogether, but public health data show us that there is a hidden STD epidemic in this nation.