Monday, April 20, 2009

Oral Fluid Accurate vs. Urine

Oral fluid testing proves comparative accuracy to urinalysis in detecting drug use
A recently published study in the December issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence indicates that the use of oral fluid analysis may be an effective alternative to urinalysis in detecting drug use in a opiate treatment setting. Gerald A. Bennett and Eleanor Davies from the Addictions Service, Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust and Peter Thomas from Dorset Research and Development Support Unit, Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Bournemouth University studied the use of rapid oral testing to assess accuracy in detecting drugs
of abuse. The study examined specificity and sensitivity of oral screening as a viable alternative to urinalysis, which is more invasive and an often defrauded method.

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