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

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2016 review performed by Charbel Abou-Diwan, PhD, DABCC, FACB, Director of Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, & POCT, Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix.

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