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EUROPAD - European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association
WFTOD - World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence
Editor: Icro Maremmani, MD - Pisa, Italy, EU
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Thomas Clausen, MD - Oslo, Norway
Pier Paolo Pani, MD - Cagliari, Italy, EU
Marta Torrens, MD - Barcelona, Spain, EU
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Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems: 2023, 25, N6 (pages: 25 - 28)

Are urine tests within opioid agonist treatment a justified practice?

Baud C.-A., Schmitt-Koopmann C., Junod V., Dickson C., Brülisauer L., Broers B., and Simon O.

Summary: In most countries, urine tests are required for opioid agonist treatment (OAT). Whilst Swiss federal law does not require urine tests as part of OAT follow-up, several Swiss cantons either request or recommend them. This article presents a viewpoint previously published in a French and a French/German paper supported by Swiss associations of addiction professionals. The article questions the legal and medical justification for such tests in connection with OAT. The flaws of urine testing as a clinical assessment tool are discussed, as well as the potentially negative impact on the therapeutic process for opioid dependence. In line with a person-centred approach, recommendations include removing the obligation from any remaining legislation and limiting tests to situations where the person in treatment has requested them.


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