Q&A: ‘Incredibly cost-effective’ tool facilitates safer opioid prescribing

A physician practicing in a region hit hard by the opioid crisis helped develop a program that ascertains which patients in chronic pain who take opioids should undergo urine drug testing and how physicians can interpret these test results.Ryan Patchett-Marble, MD, who practices medicine in rural northwestern Ontario, wrote in Annals of Family Medicine that he helped create the program to streamline the convoluted process for routine urine drug tests.“We were aware of guideline recommendations supporting routine urine drug testing in chronic-pain patients, but like most North AmericanRead More

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin