Student working on a research project.

Urine Testing For Opioid Medications

This study will be a retrospective analysis of data collected from patients at a local pain clinic.

In addiction medicine many physicians only do POC urine testing when monitoring patients on Buprenorphine products. However it is well known that these subset of patients have a high drop out rate and also tamper with and mis-use the medication. The current POC testing provides only +/- and in no way assures that what is prescribed is indeed being taken.

We plan on analyzing data that was collected over the last 5 years of Suboxone/Subutex/Zubsolv dosing and respective concentrations in the urine. We should see a good correlation between prescribed dose and urine concentration. Thereby supporting the concept that confirmation testing is a must to ensure that these patients are indeed taking what is being prescribed appropriately. This data can also be used to determine when there is an issues on the side of the patients.

We would simply look at total daily dosing (breakdown by frequency per day) and urine drug levels on that dosing. We would then draw conclusions from that data.

There would not be any patient idenifier info in any of the data.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Pharmacology, Medicine, Biochemistry
Student Skill-Set Needed: excel, endnote, ability to perform a review of the literature
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Carla Jungquist
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Nursing
Office: Wende Hall 314
Phone: 716-829-3261