Capital Toxicology Urine Testing



Why Test?

The abuse and diversion of controlled prescription medications has been labeled by some as a public health crisis. Urine drug testing is strongly recommended under Federal, State, and Clinical guidelines, to be used when treating intractable chronic pain with opioids. It is a highly useful tool to verify patient compliance with your treatment plan, and to potentially expose unreported drug use or diversion of the prescribed medication.

You deserve a reliable and ethical laboratory partner. Capital Toxicology will be that loyal partner. We will consistently meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Our laboratory is dedicated to helping you maximize the use of urine drug testing as a risk management tool in your practice by providing:

From the DEA Fact Sheet

  • Nearly 7 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs - more than the number who are abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, Ecstasy, and inhalants, combined. That 7 million was just 3.8 million in 2000, an 80 percent increase in just 6 years.

  • Prescription pain relievers are new drug users’ drug of choice, vs. marijuana or cocaine.

  • Opioid painkillers now cause more drug overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined.

  • Nearly 1 in 10 high school seniors admits to abusing powerful prescription painkillers. A shocking 40 percent of teens and an almost equal number of their parents think abusing prescription painkillers is safer than abusing "street"drugs.

  • Misuse of painkillers represents three-fourths of the overall problem of prescription drug abuse; hydrocodone is the most commonly diverted and abused controlled pharmaceutical in the U.S.

  • Twenty-five percent of drug-related emergency department visits are associated with abuse of prescription drugs.

  • Methods of acquiring prescription drugs for abuse include "doctor-shopping," traditional drug-dealing, theft from pharmacies or homes, illicitly acquiring prescription drugs via the Internet, and from friends or relatives.

  • DEA works closely with the medical community to help them recognize drug abuse and signs of diversion and relies on their input and due diligence to combat diversion. Doctor involvement in illegal drug activity is rare—less than one tenth of one percent of more than 750,000 doctors are the subject of DEA investigations each year—but egregious drug violations by practitioners unfortunately do sometimes occur. DEA pursues criminal action against such practitioners.

  • DEA Internet drug trafficking initiatives over the past 3 years have identified and dismantled organizations based both in the U.S. and overseas, and arrested dozens of conspirators. As a result of major investigations such as Operations Web Tryp, PharmNet, Cyber Rx, Cyber Chase, and Click 4 Drugs, Bay Watch, and Lightning Strike, tens of millions of dosage units of prescription drugs and tens of millions of dollars in assets have been seized.

As a pain management practitioner, you have one of the most important and most scrutinized roles in this effort.

Implementing a Urine Drug Testing Program in Your Practice Will:

  • document adherence to your treatment plan.

  • confirm abstinence from non-prescribed drugs of abuse.

  • discourage "doctor shopping"

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