National Survey Reveals Physicians Do Not Support Adolescent Drug Testing

National survey of physicians' adolescent drug-testing practices

Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston surveyed primary care physicians throughout the United States to ascertain their current practices regarding drug testing adolescents, compare those practices with professional guidelines for drug testing and compare practices of physicians specializing in pediatrics, adolescent medicine and family practice.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (SAPRP).

Key Findings

  • More than 95 percent of respondents said they had ordered a urine drug test, but few followed federal and professional guidelines for effective procedures.
  • Most physicians do not support drug testing adolescents as a method of screening, either in their office, in school or at home.