Self-report validity of recent drug use among heroin abusers depends on many factors including the population being studied and the setting in which the study is carried out. This study was conducted by the treating physicians to assess the self-report validity of recent heroin use by heroin dependent patients in the outdoor setting using 'thin layer chromatography' (TLC) and two highly sensitive methods of urinalysis viz. 'gas liquid chromatography' (GLC) and 'high performance liquid chromatography' (HPLC). Out of seventy-six heroin dependent patients who entered the study, 64 provided urine sample on the same day. patients' self-report about recent opiate use was found to have a moderate agreement with urinalysis report. However, it is important to validate it with urinalysis during the treatment process because a substantial proportion of patients fails to report recent opiate use. It is recommended that all drug dependence treatment centres should be equipped with a sensitive urinalysis facility. Otherwise, the outcome of the treatment process should be considered with caution.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Indian journal of medical sciences|
|State||Published - Oct 1 2002|