Urine Drug Testing in Clinical Practice

Why Test?
  • Enhance patient care
  • Uncover the use/addiction of illegal substances
  • Reduce the risk of medication misuse and diversion
  • Provide documentation of patient’s compliance with the medical plan of treatment
  • Reduce potential for liability


When To Test?
  • When starting a treatment with a controlled substance
  • Periodically throughout a treatment with controlled substances to ensure timely intake of the medication in the prescribed amounts
  • When making changes to the plan of treatment
  • When supporting a consultative referral
  • Periodically on all patients


Whom To Test?
  • All new patients
  • Anyone who is prescribed Schedule II controlled substances
  • Patients in recovery
  • Patients who display aberrant behavior
  • Patients who are resistant to full evaluation



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