Friday, May 8, 2015

Topic: When Drug Tests Go Wrong

When Drug Tests Go Wrong

Robin Haas was driving to Disneyworld with her husband and three children in 2008 when their vehicle was rear-ended by a truck on a Florida highway. The accident left Robin with chronic back pain, and she had 17 surgeries over the next 11 months to repair her damaged spine.

It was only the beginning of her problems.

Last year Robin was kicked out of a pain management practice after two office urine tests failed to find any trace of the fentanyl patch she was wearing for pain relief – a red flag for physicians that a patient may be diverting a drug.

Initially, Robin says her doctor didn’t seem too concerned.

“When it happened the second time, he said ‘Don’t worry about it. It’s happened with several of my patients with the fentanyl patches,’” Robin said

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