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Editor's Welcome:

A number of readers have submitted questions on coding tests for drugs-of-abuse. The following guidelines cover the use of both qualitative screens and various confirmation and follow-up tests. Thanks for all the comments and questions, we will try to address as many of your concerns as possible in forthcoming issues.

Sincerely,

Charles Root, Ph.D.


Coding Qualitative Drugs-of-Abuse Tests

Qualitative drug screening procedures using either blood or urine specimens are reported using one or more of the following codes.

80100  DRUG SCREEN; multiple drug classes, chromatographic method,
each procedure

80101  DRUG SCREEN; single drug class method,  (eg, immunoassay, enzyme assay), each drug class

80102  DRUG CONFIRMATION, each procedure

Drug classes include, but are not limited to:

Alcohols     
Amphetamines   
Barbiturates   
Benzodiazepines    
Cocai....

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