Chronic Pain Drug Testing
The Washington State legislature directed the Medical Quality Assurance Commission to adopt new rules for management of chronic non-cancer pain. We have formulated a simplified process for urine drug testing which incorporates an ordering strategy based on risk. Providers should assess risk (e.g., Opioid Risk Tool, ORT), review clinical patient care data, and order tests as described below (list Expected Drugs on the order form, which will facilitate interpretation). Additional information regarding the implementation of the new rules can be found via the Dept. of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine website or by accessing the slideshow (see box on the right).
There are many drug testing options through the UW Department of Laboratory Medicine.
- Please see our detailed recommendations and quick reference guides on drug testing for chronic pain patients (updated 09/01/2017).
- Please see our detailed recommendations and quick reference guides on drug testing for chronic amphetamine and chronic benzodiazepine patient (updated 09/01/2017).
- For more information, please see our UCPD table of tests