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Kim Wolff & Michael Gossop

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug & Alcohol Studies Volume 2

Chapter 17: A Brief Overview of the Detection of Drug and Alcohol Use: The Matching of Purposes and Procedures

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A Brief Overview of the Detection of Drug and Alcohol Use: The Matching of Purposes and Procedures
A Brief Overview of the Detection of Drug and Alcohol Use: The Matching of Purposes and Procedures
Kim WolffMichael Gossop
INTRODUCTION

Biological testing procedures for substance use are extensively used for a variety of purposes, and there has been an increase in the number and types of testing procedures available in recent years. The emergence of recreational drug use as the norm rather than the exception has proved challenging for laboratory services who may have to adapt to a different range of substances from the more traditional biological screening and testing methods used previously (Wolff et al., 1999).

The purpose of testing and the rationale for specific analytical tests depend upon ...

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