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Specimen Collection for Urine Drug Testing

Specialty:

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

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Description:

Urine testing for drugs of abuse can have significant social and legal consequences. Proper specimen collection technique and handling are crucial, as are steps to detect specimen dilution or adulteration. Specimen dilution can be attempted prior to specimen collection by forcing fluids or through the use of diuretics, or it can be attempted afterwards by adding water to the specimen. Subjects may attempt to conceal alternative specimens that can be substituted for their own.

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