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Significance of Negative Urine Drug Screen for Opiates in Person with Prescription for Narcotic Analgesics

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient with a history of narcotic analgesic use but a negative urine drug screen for opiates.

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

laboratory tests

ICD-10:

F11.1

Description:

A patient being prescribed a narcotic analgesic for pain may have a negative urine drug screen for opiates. Sometimes problems arise when a physician or law enforcement officer takes this as evidence of illegal behavior by the patient.

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