A 30-Year-Old Who Refuses to Be Drug Tested

Clinical Chemistry

Posted: 7 Aug 2016

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Kelly K. Dineen

Creighton University School of Law

Jalal Jalaly

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine

Ann Gronowski

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This article examines the medical, legal, and ethical considerations involved in a complex case of a hospitalized man. The patient was an African-American gentleman with sickle-cell disease admitted for a heart valve infection. His physicians suspected him of intravenous drug abuse. After the patient refused urine drug screening, a physician sought permission from one of the co-authors, the Director of Pathology, to conduct blood drug testing on an existing specimen. We examine the implications of this request and suggest alternative strategies.

Suggested Citation

Dineen, Kelly K. and Jalaly, Jalal and Gronowski, Ann, A 30-Year-Old Who Refuses to Be Drug Tested (2015). Clinical Chemistry, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2819464

Kelly K. Dineen (Contact Author)

Creighton University School of Law ( email )

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Jalal Jalaly

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine ( email )

St. Louis, MO
United States

Ann Gronowski

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine ( email )

St. Louis, MO
United States

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