End Wide Ranging Drug Testing for Pain Patient Medication. Only test for medication Abuse.
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My Doctor does a 50+ Drug Screen every month before he will issue a prescription for my pain medication, each of these test my insurance pays $2,326 for each test. I smoke marijuana and get pain relief, among other positive health results. (migraines, nausea, insomnia & more.) The CDC "guidelines" is once annually, the guidelines were updated in March 2016 to eliminate thc testing due to the facts of cost, number of states with medical marijuana and in those states, opioid drug overdose deaths have fallen, and also valid testing studies that shows marijuana has many medical uses.
Allowing monthly testing is wasteful and raises health care cost for all. I have seen my pain Doctor only 3 times, 3 months so far, that's $ 6, 978 dollars on a 50+ substance drug screen for ONE person that only test positive for THC.
The insurance companies should only pay for a 50+ substance screen once a year, and follow the annual test only.
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