KipuExpo | Drug Testing and COVID
March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Drug Testing and COVID
Featuring Dr. Joseph Stanton, Associate Director of Clinical Affairs at Millennium Health and Dr. Eric Dawson, the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Millennium Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has broad impacts on public health and has been implicated in rising drug overdose deaths. Pandemic-
related stressors may also increase substance use in general. Millennium Health is uniquely positioned to identify trends in drug
use through analysis of its proprietary database of urine drug testing (UDT) results. This program includes data from a peer-
reviewed publication, co-authored with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, comparing UDT results for non-
prescribed fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in the periods before and after COVID-19 was declared a national
emergency on March 13, 2020. Findings include national and regional changes.
Dr. Joseph Stanton is the Associate Director of Clinical Affairs with Millennium Health. Dr. Stanton has over a decade of clinical research experience in chromatography, mass spectrometry, toxicology and pharmacogenetics. At Millennium Health, Dr. Stanton collaborates with various departments including, education, sales, marketing and R&D aimed at improving clinical outcomes for people suffering with pain, addiction and other mental health disorders. Dr. Stanton joined Millennium Health in 2014 and since then has educated thousands of clinicians across the country on the importance of laboratory clinical interpretation to improve patient outcomes. Prior to joining Millennium Health Dr. Stanton completed his doctoral research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine.
Eric Dawson, PharmD is the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Millennium Health. Dr. Dawson is keenly aware of the issues of drug abuse, misuse, and diversion. Dr. Dawson is passionate about educating clinicians on the topic and has given many lectures to pharmacists, nurses, and physicians. Dr. Dawson has also authored or coauthored a number of publications on drug abuse utilizing the outcomes of his own research. Dr. Dawson earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Auburn University graduating with highest honors. He is also a licensed pharmacist in the state of Alabama.