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Toxicology Screening: OVERVIEW

Toxicology screening is one of the tools HAVEN may use to document continuing recovery. The costs of toxicology screening are the responsibility of the professional.

Random urine drug screening is the primary means of testing, but HAVEN may also request serum, saliva or hair specimens. All specimens are forwarded to the laboratory using chain-of-custody protocol to ensure integrity and defensibility.

HAVEN has a medical review officer available to review screening results. A Medical Review Officer (MRO) is a licensed physician responsible for receiving and reviewing laboratory results and evaluating medical explanations for certain drug test results. The MRO acts as the "gatekeeper" and advocate for the accuracy and integrity of the drug testing process and determines if there is a legitimate medical explanation for laboratory confirmed positive, adulterated, substituted and/or invalid drug test results.

HAVEN uses the services of a third party administrator (TPA) to coordinate the drug screening process when appropriate for a professional. The TPA manages randomization, approval of collection sites and coordination of laboratory services.

If you are required to submit Urine Drug Screens, you will need to:

  • Enroll or register for Toxicology Screening with the TPA. Print and retain the enrollment packet.
  • Select at least 2 collection sites on file with the TPA
  • Maintain your profile with the TPA - including keeping on file current address telephone number or email address and credit card information.

The TPA will send chain of custody forms. Collection sites will not allow you to submit a specimen without a chain of custody form. Contact the TPA when you need additional forms. We recommend that you keep a minimum of 5 chain of custody forms on hand at all times, Not having chain of custody forms is not considered an acceptable excuse for failure to screen.

If you are required to submit urine drug screens, be careful of all foods, liquids and other items you consume. Poppy seeds or poppy seed products, foods that contain alcohol, as well as such items as mouthwash and over the counter cough or cold medicines are not considered a defense to a positive screen result for morphine, opiates and/or alcohol.

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