Confirmed absence of the prescribed drug is interpreted as "diversion" or the illegal sale of prescription medication, while the presence of non-prescribed drugs may be a sign of addiction, and either one can lead to discharge from the treatment program. Compliance with treatment guidelines is only proven if the patient has the prescribed drug in his/her body while he/she does not have any non-prescribed narcotics on board.
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