Topics in Drug Testing from Quest Diagnostics

Topics in Drug Testing from Quest Diagnostics

Tune in for expert insights on the latest in toxicology and drug testing.

Episodes

March 30, 2022 23 min

Objectives for the podcast include:

  • Hear results from the recent Quest Diagnostics Health Trends report which combines data from a Harris Poll survey of over 500 primary care physicians, with results of clinical drug laboratory testing performed by Quest Diagnostics across the US
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the contributing factors to the significant surge in drug overdose deaths that we have seen in the US
  • Learn about barriers h...
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    Today’s podcast will cover a substance of great concern today, fentanyl. We will  discuss and share information regarding the following:

  • Latest trends in the drug misuse epidemic in the US
  • What you need to know about fentanyl
  • Why you need to consider drug testing for fentanyl (and other illicit substances) and how to  implement drug testing in your practice
  • The episode will feature Quest Senior Medical Advisor Dr Jeff Gudin and Medi...

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    Today’s podcast will cover the value of prescription and illicit drug testing and provide insight on the different clinical drug testing methodologies. We will discuss and share information regarding the following:

  • Current state of the drug misuse epidemic in the US
  • The value and clinical utility of drug testing
  • Overview of the 2 main methodologies of drug testing, presumptive and definitive
  • The episode will feature Quest Senior Med...

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    The convergence of the opioid epidemic and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created new healthcare challenges. Health systems, from a system- and individual clinician-level, are more important than ever in the pursuit of addressing the epidemic within the pandemic.

    In this session, Dr Gudin discusses with Dr Pat Alagia on the Quest Dialogues podcast:

  • Recently-published data by Quest that demonstrates decreased...
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    Today’s podcast discussion will focus on clinical care for patients with mental health disorders. Will discuss and share information regarding:

  • Mental health disorder and substance abuse prevalence
  • The clinical utility of pharmacogenomics in mental health and addiction
  • Mental health disorders and medication nonadherence
  • The episode will feature Quest Senior Medical Advisor, Dr Jeff Gudin; Medical Liaison Jack Kain, PharmD; and Direc...

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    Today’s podcast discussion will focus on appropriate steps to take to implement an effective Drug Monitoring Protocol in your practice. Key information shared will include:

  • Some of the key challenges facing clinicians today
  • Important steps to take for implementing a responsible drug monitoring protocol
  • How Quest can help
  • The episode will feature Quest Senior Medical Advisor, Dr Jeff Gudin; Medical Liaison Jack Kain, PharmD; and Seni...

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    Today’s podcast discussion will focus on the importance of drug monitoring and the benefits of “alternative” sample collection options during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key information shared will include:

  • How clinical drug monitoring is a critical tool to help assess prescription compliance with controlled substances and help identify drug misuse
  • Situations, including the COVID-19 pandemic, when in-office collection isn't always p...
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    December 23, 2020 24 min

    Today’s podcast will share results of a recent Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ publication, The Opioid Epidemic Within the COVID-19 Pandemic: Drug Monitoring in 2020, which was published in the October 2020 edition of Population Health Management. The study objective was to better understand the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and the drug epidemic in the US. To achieve this objective, investigators analyzed urine spe...

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    December 18, 2020 29 min

    Today’s podcast will cover drug testing for stimulants and will highlight some of the challenges in results interpretation for this class of drugs. Important information shared during the discussion will include:

  • What is classified as a stimulant
  • Analysis of Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, and MDMA
  • Interpretation challenges
  • Synthetic stimulants
  • The role of clinical drug monitoring
  • Quest Diagnostics amphetamine drug testing offering
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    Today’s podcast will cover the role of clinical drug monitoring in Behavioral Health and during times of crisis. Important information shared will include:

  • Mental Health disorders, diagnosis and prevalence
  • The challenge of medication adherence in mental health treatment
  • The impact of crises on the treatment of patients with mental health conditions
  • The role of clinical drug monitoring
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    The episode features Dr Jeff Gudin, senior med...

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    August 27, 2020 20 min

    Today’s podcast will cover key findings from the annual Quest Diagnostics Health Trends report, Drug Misuse in America. Some of the key topics shared will include:

  • Summary of analysis of more than 4.4 million de-identified drug monitoring tests performed by Quest Diagnostics from 2011 through 2018
  • Findings of a Harris Poll survey of 500 primary care physicians, as part of Health Trends report analysis
  • Highlights of the evolving drug...
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    Today’s podcast will cover testing for kratom, a drug of concern. Some of the key information shared will include:

  • What is kratom?
  • What is the chemical make-up?
  • Kratom toxicity and side effects
  • Testing for kratom
  • Why testing is important?
  • How to test for kratom
  • What testing will tell you
  • This episode features Jack Kain, PharmD, Quest Diagnostics medical science liaison, and Jeff Gudin, MD, senior medical advisor, Quest Diagnostics d...

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    Today's podcast will cover why and when to use oral fluid testing. Some key topics shared will include:

  • What is oral fluid testing?
  • Comparison of oral fluid testing to other methods of testing
  • The benefits of oral fluid testing?
  • Some of the drugs oral fluid testing can identify?
  • How are the drugs identified?
  • How is the sample collected?
  • Discussion on some of the key collection issues
  • The episode features Les Edinboro, PhD, Quest D...

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    April 3, 2020 19 min

    Today’s podcast will cover dangerous drug combinations and the role of clinical drug monitoring. Some of the key information that will be shared includes:

  • What are dangerous drug combinations
  • What practitioners and the public need to know about them
  • How dangerous drug combinations can work together to lead to side effects
  • Certain combinations predispose people to a greater risk of overdose and death
  • Combinations that can affect drug ...
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    The podcast will cover screening (drug testing) for alcohol use in pain management and primary care. Topics covered will include:

  • Understand drug and alcohol misuse and abuse
  • Prevalence rates of alcohol use and misuse, and alcohol use disorders
  • Information on alcohol use, and concomitant use with opioids and benzodiazepines
  • Screening guidelines
  • Tools and types of tests
  • Testing for alcohol
  • Breathalyzer
  • Advances in testing
  • Biomarkers
  • Ot...
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    Today’s episode is on patients with substance use disorders in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Some of the key points that will be covered include:

  • What is medication-assisted treatment
  • What are the goals of an MAT treatment program
  • Medications used in MAT treatment?
  • Drug testing during MAT
  • Purpose of drug testing
  • Types of drug testing
  • Specimen collection
  • Specimen validity
  • Test confirmation
  • This episode features Quest Diagnostics...

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    December 10, 2019 18 min

    Today, we will be talking about marijuana and marijuana-based products in order to: 

  • Understand drug testing for marijuana, and why it’s important
  • Examine marijuana used in concert with controlled medications for pain or ADHD
  • Give some general recommendations for therapeutic drug monitoring for marijuana in patients with chronic pain using controlled substances
  • For example, at a minimum such patients should be tested before opioid t...
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