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Is there any medical ways to prove drug abuse? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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Doctor:I am Drxxxxxxxx
Doctor:How can I help you today?
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User:actually i had this question related to drugs
Doctor:Go ahead with the question.
User:i have a friend who is into drug abuse
User:his parents want me to prove that it is so
User:he smokes weed everyday or atleast every 2 days
User:so if he hasn't smoked up for a week and he is taken for a dope test(urine/blood), will he test positive for sure?
Doctor:Yes it may come up in urine tests.
Doctor:Blood tests can also be done.
Doctor:You need to check with the laboratories regarding details.
Doctor:Otherwise we need to check for the symptoms of drug abuse.
User:where can i check?
User:as in the symptoms?
Doctor:The drug addicts demonstrate sepcific symptoms like craving, etc.
Doctor:When the person has taken the drug, he will have symptoms specific for the drug.
User:he doesn't crave the drug as such
User:but he does it more for fun and social status
User:in your opinion does he require help?
Doctor:yes he does
User:but we can only help him if we can prove that he is taking drugs
Doctor:He can go for counselling.
User:he will only go if there is proof of the fact
User:otherwise we can't help him
Doctor:First thing is that he needs to realize that he needs help.
User:he is far from realizing that
Doctor:Second thing is that he needs to know that drug are harmful.
Doctor:Yes, it can be an issue with addiction.
Doctor:Mostly when the person gets financially drained, then he realizes he needs help.
User:that wouldn't be the case
Doctor:The other thing is that hen his friends and family start pressurizing the person for counselling.
User:he doesn't stay with his parents
User:and the parents are scared to confront him
Doctor:so he is self-supporting.
User:without proof
Doctor:Does he work?
User:no a student
User:but he manages with whatever he gets
Doctor:How is his behavior with colleagues and superiors at work?
User:very friendly
User:and his peer group admire him for doing what he does
User:a lot of psychological issues also involved
Doctor:There may be people in his circle who are getting him into the habit
User:see i need medical advice as to how i can go about proving that he is abusing drugs
User:he smokes a lot and even drinking
User:so are there any sure shot tests to prove that?
Doctor:It can be proven in laboratories.
Doctor:But I am not sure if labs do it regularly.
Doctor:You need to check with the labs.
Doctor:and try to get him into ocnfidence and take him to counselling.
User:where ixxxxxxxxxcan i find these labs?
Doctor:You may check with the local labs in your area.
Doctor:I do not know of a specific lab that does it.
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