Urine Drug Screens: What You Need to Know
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 10, Number 5&6, May 2022
Brooke Lifland, MD.
Resident in psychiatry, Yale University. New Haven, CT.
Dr. Lifland has disclosed no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Urine toxicology testing is an essential tool in the treatment of patients with substance use disorders. But it can be tricky to use properly. Here, we explain the difference between a routine drug screen and confirmatory testing, and why this difference matters. We discuss when you might suspect false results and what you can do about it.