Pain Management Drug Screen Interpretation Competencies

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The page below is a sample from the LabCE course The Toxicology Laboratory's Role in Pain Management: Testing for Opiates. Access the complete course and earn ASCLS P.A.C.E.-approved continuing education credits by subscribing online.

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Pain Management Drug Screen Interpretation Competencies

To interpret urine drug screen results confidently in the context of pain management, the clinical laboratory professional should possess these competencies:
  • Be able to recognize adulterated samples
  • Know which opiate metabolites would be expected with a given drug
  • Know the cross-reactivities of the laboratory's immunoassay methods, or where to access this information
  • Be familiar with the trade names for prescription drugs used for pain
  • Be able to answer some of the common questions posed to toxicology laboratory personnel