Artistic rendition of a methamphetamine urine lab. Brandt had produced white phosphorous, a hitherto undiscovered chemical element present in almost every living organism and the first to be isolated since antiquity. Where did we lose our way? It is now understood that human urine contains a complex assortment of amino acids, urea, creatinine, and many other compounds——but the body also employs urine to excrete the metabolic byproducts of many drugs we ingest and biosynthesize on a daily basis. Aspirin, caffeine, cocaine, and methamphetamine all find their way into our urine, sometimes unchanged, other times conjugated and rendered inactive, and on some occasions biotransformed into distinct pharmacological entities called active metabolites. It has been hailed as a wonder drug for dieters and anabolic-steroid users who wish to avoid the plight of testicular atrophy.
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NCBI Bookshelf. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Urine testing is the best developed and most commonly used monitoring technique in substance abuse treatment programs. This appendix describes procedures for implementing this service and other methods for detecting clients' substance use.
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With drug abuse rising, an array of companies have found new ways to turn the problems of addicts into billable fortunes. And few are as profitable as those focused on the lowliest byproduct of any stint in rehab: urine. Testing has long been part of recovery, a way for clinics to ensure that patients are staying clean.