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Drugs of Abuse Testing

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Also known as: Drug Screen; Drug Test; Substance Abuse Testing; Toxicology Screen; Tox Screen; Sports Doping Tests
Formal name: Drugs of Abuse Screen

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for drug abuse, to monitor someone with a substance abuse problem, or to detect and evaluate drug intoxication or overdose

When to Get Tested?

Sometimes required prior to the start of a new job or insurance policy; randomly for workplace drug testing or athletic drug testing programs; as mandated when court-ordered; as indicated when ordered by a health practitioner to monitor a known or suspected substance abuse patient; sometimes when you are pregnant, will be receiving an organ transplant, when you are taking pain medication, or when you have symptoms suggesting drug intoxication or overdose

Sample Required?

A random urine sample; sometimes a blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; or, rarely, hair, saliva, or sweat

Test Preparation Needed?

Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs may give a positive screening result; prior to testing, indicate any medications that you have taken and/or for which you have prescriptions.