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Opioid Users Must Comply With Alcohol, Marijuana Requirements


An unintended consequence of reducing opioid doses and reducing opioid prescriptions is that some patients with chronic pain turn to street drugs and/or alcohol to cope with their situation. Alcohol: To monitor for excess alcohol use, urine samples can be sent to specialized labs to measure the ethyl glucuronide levels. Ethyl glucuronide can give the provider a good handle on how much alcohol a patient has consumed for the 3 to 4 days prior to urine collection. Test results help de more...
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