Drug Testing

Many substances that are prescribed for pain management and other legitimate indications are found to be taken incorrectly (either inadvertently or purposefully), shared, sold, or otherwise misdirected. In addition, many substances are available for illicit use, including prescription substances (eg, opioids, Adderall, Xanax) and nonprescription drugs (eg, heroin, methamphetamines).

To ensure safe and effective therapy, current practice guidelines recommend monitoring patients for adherence to prescribed medications and abstinence from nonprescribed drugs through periodic drug tests.  However, drug testing strategies and testing methods are not standardized, which adds challenges to the selection of the right test, collection of the appropriate specimen, and interpretation of test results.

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Content Review: 
December 2019

Last Update: January 2020