EtG Screen Results Included
What is EtG?
EtG (ethyl glucoronide), also known as alcohol metabolite, is the metabolic by-product of alcohol. Whenever a person drinks alcohol, their body makes this chemical, which is detectable in urine up to 80 hours after a person’s last drink. Monitoring a patient’s alcohol metabolite levels lets you know if your client or patient has been drinking recently.
Why are EtG levels important?
Research shows that alcohol use can be an important indicator of addiction. Studies show a high correlation between heavy alcohol use and illicit drug use. People in treatment for drug addictions frequently turn to alcohol when their former drug of choice is no longer available. (Source: SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2008.)
Having EtG screen results, in conjunction with other drug testing data, gives you a bigger picture of a patient’s progress. A positive EtG screen may indicate that your client is still struggling with addiction. Having that information allows you to target further treatment to those who need it most.
Why does Burlington Laboratories include it with all other screen panels?
In an ideal world, treatment professionals have all the information they need to fully understand and respond to a patient’s addiction. But we also live in a world of limited budgets, in which you don’t always have access to all the best tools.
That’s why we include EtG screen results with any other ordered drug screen or panel. As treatment professionals, we understand what it means to have to “make do.” But our goal at Burlington Laboratories isn’t to be “good enough” – it’s to fully support you, and to help you provide the best possible treatment for your patients and clients.
Making sure everyone has access to a powerful test – which could, and often does, change the treatment picture for clients in crisis – is an essential part of our mission.