Random drug testing to reduce the incidence of addiction in anesthesia residents: preliminary results from one program
Fitzsimons MG, Baker KH, Lowenstein E, Zapol WM. Anesth Analg. 2008 Aug; 107(2):630-5.
Substance abuse occurs in approximately 1%-2% of anesthesia residents and nearly 80% of programs have had one or more resident(s) with such a problem. Education and control efforts have failed to reduce the frequency of substance abuse. Anesthesia providers have a professional obligation to be drug-free for the well being of their patients. We have instituted a program of preplacement and random urine testing of residents in anesthesiology in an attempt to decrease the incidence of substance abuse. We demonstrate that such a program is feasible, despite logistic and cultural obstacles. Larger multi-institutional studies will be required to determine whether instituting a program of random urine testing decreases the incidence of substance abuse in anesthesiology residents