ASAM Highlights Drug Testing as a Primary Healthcare Tool

Mar 24, 2016 0 Comments in addiction, ASAM, medication management, panels by
ASAM Highlights Drug Testing as a Primary Healthcare Tool

In a recent white paper, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) highlights routine drug testing as “a primary prevention, diagnostic, and monitoring tool”. They hope that the paper will encourage physicians and healthcare providers across the country to make wider use of drug testing as a routine part of their practice.

One of the ways that ASAM hopes providers will improve their use of drug testing is by testing beyond the traditional five-drug panel. This can be accomplished by pairing regular immunoassay testing with a method such as tandem liquid mass spectrometry. It is also important to include thorough adulteration testing to ensure that any negative results received are accurate.

In addition to being a useful tool for medication management purposes, regular drug testing can help healthcare providers pick up earlier on a number of health conditions related to drug use. In addition to the early identification of possible substance use disorders, drug testing may help in the diagnosis of conditions like pseudoaddiction, binge use, hoarding.

Drug testing is of particular use in the area of addiction treatment. This ensures that patients are adhering to treatment protocols, and can help them remain on track. It is of particular importance when a patient is being treated with medications that may also prove addictive.

Regardless of your role in the healthcare industry, drug testing has an important role to play in your practice. From ensuring patients are taking medications as prescribed, to preventing dangerous drug interactions when a patient forgets to disclose a prescription they are taking, regular drug testing can improve your practice.

A White Paper of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
http://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/public-policy-statements/drug-testing-a-white-paper-by-asam.pdf

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