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Drugs Of Abuse Testing

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Is it normal for a Primary Care Physician to order this test with each lab work done? I have had it done each time I ve had lab work done. The PCP ordered it without my knowledge. I do not abuse drugs and the lab results show that, but it has been ordered each time I ve had blood work.

Is this standard procedure?

Do they test for the drugs that the VA has prescribed?

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Yes the VA tests for drugs routinely. As John9999 points out they check to make sure that you are taking your meds as prescribed in case you are selling your street meds to users.

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I'm sure they have some kind of a quota, and your doc knows that you are a stand-up kinda guy. He knows if he tests you, that you will have the correct meds in your system and nothing illegal. That makes his numbers look good. It worked the same way when we had to do random pee tests in the Army. They always called me in because they knew I wasn't a drug user. It didn't matter that on many a Saturday night I deposited pure Budweiser in their little cup...

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