Topics in Drug Testing from Quest Diagnostics

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Dangerous drug combinations

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Today’s podcast will cover dangerous drug combinations and the role of clinical drug monitoring. Some of the key information that will be shared includes:

  • What are dangerous drug combinations
  • What practitioners and the public need to know about them
  • How dangerous drug combinations can work together to lead to side effects
    • Certain combinations predispose people to a greater risk of overdose and death
    • Combinations that can affect drug levels, creating a pharmacokinetic drug–drug interaction
    • Certain combinations that may result in excessive sedation
  • How drug testing can help
    • A tool to identify dangerous drug combinations
    • How drug testing identifies metabolites unique to a substance

This episode features Quest Diagnostics Senior Medical Advisor Dr Jeff Gudin and Medical Science Liaison Dr Jack Kain. 

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Screening for alcohol use in pain management and primary care: it’s about time

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The podcast will cover screening (drug testing) for alcohol use in pain management and primary care. Topics covered will include:

  • Understand drug and alcohol misuse and abuse

    • Prevalence rates of alcohol use and misuse, and alcohol use disorders
    • Information on alcohol use, and concomitant use with opioids and benzodiazepines
  • Screening guidelines
    • Tools and types of tests
  • Testing for alcohol
    • Breathalyzer
    • Advances in testing
    • Biomarkers
    • Other considerations
    • Quest Diagnostics approach

This episode features Quest Diagnostics Senior Medical Advisor Dr Jeff Gudin and Medical Science Liaison Dr Jack Kain. 

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Patients with substance use disorders in medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

Today’s episode is on patients with substance use disorders in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Some of the key points that will be covered include:

  • What is medication-assisted treatment
  • What are the goals of an MAT treatment program
  • Medications used in MAT treatment 
  • Drug testing during MAT
    • Purpose of drug testing
    • Types of drug testing
      • Specimen collection
      • Specimen validity
    • Test confirmation

This episode features Quest Diagnostics Senior Medical Advisor, Dr Jeff Gudin, and Medical Science Liaison, Dr Jack Kain. 

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Drug testing your patients for marijuana

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

  • Understand drug testing for marijuana, and why it’s important
  • Examine marijuana used in concert with controlled medications for pain or ADHD
  • 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 

The episode features 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.

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