A 30-Year-Old Who Refuses to Be Drug Tested
Posted: 7 Aug 2016
Date Written: 2015
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.
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