Down the drain: Reconsidering routine urine drug testing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jarratt D. Pytell, Darius A. Rastegar

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic and the move to telemedicine for office-based opioid treatment have made the practice of routine urine drug tests (UDT) obsolete. In this commentary we discuss how COVID-19 has demonstrated the limited usefulness and possible harms of routine UDT. We propose that practitioners should stop using routine UDT and instead use targeted UDT, paired with clinical reasoning, as part of a patient-centered approach to care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number108155
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Volume120
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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