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Local lab makes drug test

Posted: October 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.

UTAK Laboratories Inc. of Valencia announced the release of quality control products to assist laboratories in the war on drugs – particularly those known as “spice” or “bath salts,” the company said on Monday.

Designer synthetic drugs have a chemical structure close to that of psychoactive compounds and can mimic, for example, the effects of cannabis, amphetamine, or cocaine, the company said in media release.

They are often sold in small retail outlets and via the Internet with the implication that users get a “legal” high, the company said.

UTAK is the first commercial manufacturer to produce comprehensive third-party designer drug quality controls for use with any methodology, on any testing platform, according to the company.

Founder Larry Plutchak, a toxicologist working with famed Los Angeles coroner Thomas Noguchi in 1973, started UTAK to support the customized drugs-of-abuse quality control needs of forensic crime labs.



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