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New Research: Nationwide Report Shows Prescribed Drugs Not Detected in More Than One-Third of Pain Patient Samples
Date:6/20/2013

prescribed medication. Minnesota (3 percent), Vermont (14.9 percent) and Maine (16.5 percent) reported the lowest percentages. The complete findings from states with more than 1,000 tests are available at ameritox.com/nationalreport.

In addition to monitoring use of prescribed medications, Ameritox also screens for the presence of other drugs. Nearly one-third (32.3 percent) of the tests detected substances not prescribed by the attending physician, an increase from the 29 percent found in 2010. In both surveys, 11 percent of all samples contained an illicit drug, primarily marijuana. A significant number of tests also found cocaine. Ameritox's research has shown that users of illicit drugs are more likely than non-users to be potentially non-adherent to their prescription drug regimen.

"Consistent, appropriate monitoring for the presence of prescribed, non-prescribed and illicit drugs  not only enables doctors to provide better care, but can also help reduce misuse, abuse and diversion,"  Walton said. "We hope that medication monitoring results can spark a conversation between a doctor and patient.  We believe these conversations will lead to the improved health and wellbeing of the patient."

About Ameritox
Ameritox is the nation's leader in Pain Medication Monitoring SolutionsSM, offering specialized laboratory testing and reporting services. Ameritox's expertise and innovative science provide physicians with the information and support they need to enhance and optimize the care of chronic pain patients. Monitoring through prescription drug testing can help physicians make more informed clinical decisions while also helping to reduce the possible risk of misuse, abuse or diversion of
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