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Decline in Prescription Drug Misuse More than Twice as High in States with Broad Drug Abuse Prevention Programs, New Quest Diagnostics Health Trends Study Finds
Date:7/16/2014

tient variations, such as drug metabolism and hydration state, that may affect the reliability of a minority of results. Quest Diagnostics does not provide services to all clinicians in the U.S., so results are not broadly representative of all patients taking prescription medications in the U.S. It is also possible some clinicians tested patients due to appropriate suspicions of drug misuse, and that some clinicians omitted to specify all drugs prescribed for the patient on a test order, skewing some results.

The company's Quest Diagnostics Health Trends studies are performed in compliance with applicable privacy regulations, the company's strict privacy policies and as approved by the Western Institutional Review Board.

About the Prescription Drug Misuse in America Report
Findings from the Prescription Drug Misuse in America report is based on an analysis of 1,409,037 de-identified urine lab test results of patients of all ages and of both genders in 46 states and the District of Columbia performed by the company's clinical laboratories in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The testing was performed in connection with the company's prescription drug monitoring services. These services aid clinicians in monitoring patients for appropriate use of up to 26 commonly abused prescription medications, such as opioids and sedatives, and illicit drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine. For more information on the company's prescription drug monitoring services for clinicians, visit www.QuestDiagnostics.com/prescriptiondrugmonitoring.

About Quest Diagnostics Health Trends Reports
The Prescription Drug Misuse in America report is one in a series of regular Health Trends reports that examine major public health issues. Quest Diagnostics Health Trends Reports identify trends in disease and wellness based on analysis of de-identified test results f
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