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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.
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,
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:
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