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A urine drug screen, also referred to as a UDS, has become a commonly used screening tool over the last few years for everything from treatment for substance abuse to pain management monitoring to getting hired for jobs in certain industries.
This simple test is painless and requires nothing more from you than a small sample of your urine which is then tested for various substances. A UDS tests your urine for the presence of illegal drugs and alcohol, as well as prescription medications, some of which include the following:
- Narcotics/opioids such as morphine, methadone, Percodan and Percocet, and OxyContin
- Benzodiazepines, such as diazepam which is more commonly known as Valium
Though the test itself requires only a sample of your urine, there are certain steps to the procedure that you are expected to follow. Unlike giving a urine sample during your yearly physical, a drug screening test requires that certain measures be taken to ensure the sample provided is indeed that of the person being tested.
For instance, you may asked to leave your purse and other belongings in another room while you are taking the test and in some cases may be accompanied to the washroom by a nurse or technician. These steps are to prevent any tampering that could alter the results.
Why Are Drug Screening Tests Required?
As mentioned, there are a few possible reasons why a person may be asked to submit to a drug screen test. A doctor will order the test when a substance abuse problem is suspected, and those in treatment for substance abuse or beginning treatment in Las Vegas Pain Management will be asked to take a test before and during the course of treatment.
In the case of employers requiring drug screening tests for potential candidates, it is used as a screening tool to keep those with drug problems out of certain jobs—specifically those in which being alert is essential for safety reasons. Some of these jobs include pilot, air traffic control, and long distance truck driver.
In the event that a drug test comes back positive, a second test called gas-chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) will usually be ordered to confirm the results and should be requested if a person tests positives for a substance that they deny having taken. This is because of the risk of false positive results that can be caused by some prescription medications and even food.
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