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The Role of Urine Drug Testing in Pain Management

by Amanda J. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Scientific Director, Toxicology

Opioids and other medications (non-opioid analgesics, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, muscle relaxants) are prescribed to treat chronic pain of non-cancer origin.1

Ongoing monitoring of these patients is important to ensure safe and effective therapy. Drug testing is one tool utilized to identify…

Jul 14, 2017

What a PDM Program Can Offer Your Practice

For patients with chronic pain, opioids may offer important relief from suffering and help support activities of daily living. At the same time, if they are not used according to your prescription, opioids can do great harm. A prescription drug monitoring (PDM) program can help you maintain the maximum benefit…

Jul 12, 2017

Maine’s Diversion Alert Program Aids Physician Decision-Making

Physicians must take into account many factors when making decisions about opioid prescriptions, including the risk that the individual patient may divert prescription medications for illegal use. To aid physician decision-making, the state of Maine in 2013 instituted its Diversion Alert program, a program that gives physicians access to…

Jul 05, 2017

Do You Know the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids and Monitoring Their Use?

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control published an updated guideline for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain (outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care). It’s an extensive study, with a thorough review of the evidence. But the main message is contained in…

Jul 05, 2017