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Urine Toxicology Screening and Monitoring

Definition
A toxicology screening examines a patient's urine to evaluate the person's drug use. From the urine, physicians can see which drugs the patient has taken and the dose taken. The drug screen can detect a number of substances including alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, prescription medication, and more. At TriState Pain Institute, we perform the test because it is mandatory compliance for prescription drug use. We want to make sure that the substances our physicians prescribe are used correctly at the right times at the right doses and won't interact with any harmful substances.

What to Expect
Patients may be asked by a TriState Pain Institute nurse to collect a urine sample before they see their physician. Patients will be given a disinfectant wipe and a small cup. Patients will need to wipe their genital area before collecting their sample. The area does not need to be scrubbed; a simple wipe as if you just used the restroom will suffice. Next, patients should fill the cup with their urine. The cup should be filled to the line printed on the side. If patients cannot urinate, they may be asked to drink water until they can or to try again after their appointment concludes. Patients should then deliver their sample and wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water.

After the Screening
Following the urine toxicology screening, patients can proceed to see their physician. Results of the test will come back very quickly, before you leave our office most of the time. If nothing unusual appears on the screening, the patient is free to go home. However, if something other than the prescribed medication and dose appears, patients may be questioned by their physician. Questions may include whether or not a woman is menstruating (if blood appears on the test), questions about diet, and whether or not they have maintained their prescription schedule.

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