Urine Drug Testing ~ Pain Management
URINE DRUG TESTING by pain management physicians is part of a balanced approach to risk management and optimal medical care.
Patient results not only confirm "adherence/compliance" to the agreed upon treatment plan, but provide the physician valuable, objective information to assist in diagnostic and therapeutic decision making.
Identification of a specific drug and/or its metabolites can diagnose use of opiods for non-pain purposes (chemical coping), addiction, relapse, misuse, pseudoaddiction, or diversion.
NEED FOR BETTER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT FOR CHRONIC PAIN
A wide prevalance of chronic pain in the United States is shown in recent reports from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Reports find more than 100 million people suffer from chronic pain. The cost to the marketplace for both medical treatment and lost productivity?
More than $635 Billion Annually.
Those who need long term opioid therapy due to severe pain and lack of response to earlier interventions, require initial assessment and ongoing monitoring of progress toward clinical goals.
Poor adherence puts patients at risk for overuse or underuse of medication, and also puts the public at risk for increased availability of opioids for abuse through diversion.