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Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Urine Drug Testing

What's in the Cup: A Urine Drug Testing Primer

Posted by Jody Lutz and Mario Ramirez, MD on Apr 24, 2018 5:07:00 AM

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Urine drug testing (UDT) is a critical tool for patients on chronic opioid therapy.  It is also one of the most misunderstood. 

As most states have updated their opioid prescribing guidelines over the past two years, nearly every one now includes a requirement to conduct urine drug screening in certain populations. Unfortunately, many of these recommendations have been developed in isolation with variances across the level of testing to conduct, testing frequency, and guidelines required for medical necessity.

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