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Are pain clinics required to follow chain of custody procedures

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Are pain clinics required to follow chain of custody procedures for drug screening?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 2 years ago.
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EVERY certified drug testing facility, including a pain clinic if they are certified, must abide by chain of custody requirements to prove that the sample came from the proper individual. If the lab took samples they are supposed to insure a proper chain of custody. However, that said, many labs are not certified and are just labs in the clinic and those labs are not under the mandatory guidelines and in those cases if they have a positive test they can be sued if they cannot prove the test came from the patient they claim it came from.