Random urine testing: As an intervention for drug addiction

William S. Jacobs, Martin Repetto, Sarah Vinson, Raymond Pomm, Mark S. Gold

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The researchers of the PRN study recommended that "urine testing should be considered a treatment as well as an independent measure of outcome."3 Indeed, negative results of urine drug tests would bolster treatment success claims by providing an external, objective measure of patient progress. Because urine testing in the workplace has resulted in a decreased number of positive test results,31 perhaps urine testing as a fundamental part of treatment programs will result in higher abstinence levels in program participants. A safe, noninvasive, objective, and inexpensive tool, urine testing in the identification of drug use should be more widely employed in the field of addiction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)781-784
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Annals
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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