Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Sedative Abuse Evaluation

The evaluation of drug abuse begins with a medical history and physical examination.

The findings on physical examination can help a doctor determine the type of drug that has been abused.

Tests are necessary to detect the type of drug being abused, as well as the presence of complications due to the abuse.

Tests that may be used to evaluate drug abuse include:

Less commonly performed tests that may be used to evaluate drug abuse include:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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