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Identifying Providers with Unusual Prescribing Practices for Controlled Substances

The abuse of prescription medications has become a critical point of discussion in the mainstream media and in law enforcement. A report recently released by the National Institute of Justice takes a look at algorithms designed to identify health care providers that may be over-prescribing controlled substances, utilizing one state's prescription drug monitoring program.

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Chem Service Inc. provides certified analytical reference standards and chemicals in small quantities for testing purposes. Established in 1962, we pride ourselves in setting the standard for high purity chemicals. Chem Service is accredited to ISO Guide 34:2009, ISO/IEC 17025:2005, and registered and certified to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System for the design, development, production, and distribution of organic neats, solutions, and mixtures.

 

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NIJ and FBI Announce Sexual Assault Kit Partnership

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory have formed a partnership to help address one of the most difficult and complex issues facing our nation’s criminal justice system: unsubmitted sexual assault kits (frequently referred to as untested). The FBI will be a centralized testing laboratory for sexual assault kits, commonly referred to as rape kits, to be submitted from the nation’s law enforcement agencies and public forensic laboratories.

 

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Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence to Exonerate the Innocent

A new solicitation from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals for funding to assist in defraying the costs associated with post conviction DNA testing in cases of violent felony offenses in which actual innocence may be demonstrated.

 

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NIST Simulates Fast, Accurate DNA Sequencing Through Graphene Nanopore

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have simulated a new concept for rapid, accurate gene sequencing by pulling a DNA molecule through a tiny, chemically activated hole in graphene—an ultrathin sheet of carbon atoms—and detecting changes in electrical current.

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Developing Improved Means to Collect Digital Evidence

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently announced that it is seeking proposals for funding to conduct research and technology development leading to the introduction into practice of new and innovative tools for the collection of digital evidence.

 

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Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.

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