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Can your family physician drug test you without telling you

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Can your family physician drug test you without telling you first?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Drug Testing
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.
Hello from JustAnswer. A doctor would typically inform the patient whenever labs are done, partly to explain the plan of care and partly so that the patient will participate in specimen collection. The doctor should not lie to you about the plan of care or testing, but may not always specify each individual lab test. Regular drug testing is also the standard of care when any doctor is chronically prescribing many different controlled substances, and doctors will usually inform the patient when the decision is first made to prescribe these medicines, and then may not repeat that information each time that the testing is done. Was this a urine drug test?What did the doctor say to you to explain why the urine was being collected?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.
I had asked for some further information and have not heard back. While urine drug testing is routine care in certain clinical situations, the other issue is that the doctor should not be deceitful in providing care. If your doctor was not honest in explaining why a urine specimen was to be collected, that would be more clearly a violation of ethics.