Drug Testing as a Tool (TIP 43, Chapter 9)

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs (TIP 43)

About the Course:

Drug Testing as a Tool (TIP 43, Chapter 9): Medicated-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs describes the benefits and limitations of drug tests. Most often opioid treatment programs (OTPs) use urine testing by immunoassay or thin-layer chromatography; because these methods are the least costly and best validated by all options, but the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment has indicated that oral-fluid testing may be an alternate approach in OTPs. The chapter explains criteria that an OTP should use to collect specimens and how treatment providers should respond to test results that indicate possible treatment problems.

Course materials are from Chapter 9. Course materials can be accessed either 1) online or 1) by ordering the book free of charge from: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-43-Medication-Assisted-Treatment-for-Opioid-Addiction-in-Opioid-Treatment-Programs/SMA12-4214

Course materials are from Chapter 9, found on pages 143 to 159 of pdf document.

Journal/Publisher:

SAMHSA

Publication Date:

Reprinted 2011

Author

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about drug testing as a tool. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Justify the necessity of using drug testing as a tool for clients in opioid treatment programs (OTPs).

  2. Identify the purpose, benefits, limitations, components, and methods of drug testing in OTPs.

  3. Explain how to interpret the drug testing results as well as the reliability, validity, and accuracy of drug test results.

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