I think that urine tests on patients are humiliating and an invasion of privacy, in fact i think that urine tests in general, at least for the purposes of investigations and for job screening and such are a tremendous invasion of privacy, including the one you were given. I would be very angry about
giving depite the fact that I do not do illegal drugs or abuse my medications in any way simply because I believe that urine tests are invasion and humiliating, especially for a pain patient. They do not accurately predict drug abuse. for example, just because someone smokes marijuana, it does not mean they are going to abuse their medication. The best way to see if people are abusing their meds if to watch to see if they continually push their dose up and call for refills early. Urine tests that are required for jobs also do very little I believe, However on the job intoxication testing is much more important. That is, if someone is actually intoxicated while working they should be fired, but positive results on a urine test, especially for marijuana, should not result in being fired, because it has no bearing on whether or not the employee is actually productive or not. It just makes no sense to me to fire an otherwise productive employee just because of a positive urine test.
On another note, I hope that everything goes well with you and your doctor and you get everything straightened out. Hopefully your insurance situation will improve also so that you you dont have that to worry about
Good luck with everything
Post Edited (Circa1988) : 8/31/2007 2:38:16 PM (GMT-6)