Drug Testing Your Patients for Marijuana

Author(s): Gudin, J, Kain, J
Date: Friday, March 01, 2019
Specialties: Prescription Drug Monitoring, Toxicology/Pain Management

Welcome to the Quest Diagnostics “topics in drug testing” podcast. Today’s episode is with Quest Diagnostics Senior Medical Advisor, Dr Jeff Gudin, and Medical Science Liaison, Dr Jack Kain. They will be discussing drug testing your patients for marijuana.

Today, we’ll be talking about marijuana and marijuana-based products in order to:

  • Understand drug testing for marijuana, and why it’s important
  • Give some general recommendations for therapeutic drug monitoring for marijuana in patients with chronic pain using controlled substances
    • For example, at a minimum such patients should be tested before opioid therapy begins, again within 1 to 3 months, and randomly over the next 12 months, and more frequently if there are unexpected results, or there are complaints or behavior changes in the patient

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