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States Boards policy regarding chiropractic drug and alcohol testing

This table represents the compilation of responses from state chiropractic licensing boards to the following questions:

  • Can chiropractors in your state collect urine specimens for analysis?
  • Can chiropractors in your state interpret urine specimens?
  • Can chiropractors in your state perform DOT physical examinations?

Most states responded by e-mail or FAX.  Those which did not respond were contacted by telephone and are indicated by (NO RESPONSE).  Others responded with qualifications - see below.

This chart is not meant to be a definitive answer regarding a whether these procedures are within the scope of practice of chiropractic in a given state.  Chiropractors may wish to contact their state licensing boards or legal counsel for further guidance. 

STATE

URINE SPECIMEN

COLLECTION

URINE SPECIMEN

ANALYSIS

PERFORM DOT

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

Alabama  (Telephone)

Y

Y

Y

Alaska  (NO RESPONSE)  
Arizona (Telephone)

Y

Y

Y

Arkansas (Telephone)

Y

Y

Y

California

Y

Y

Y

Colorado  (Telephone)

Y

Y

Y

Connecticut

Y

Y

Y

Delaware (see below)

Y

Y

Y

D.C.   (NO RESPONSE)  
Florida

Y

Y

Y

Georgia (Telephone)

N

?

?

Hawaii   (NO RESPONSE)  
Idaho      (NO RESPONSE)  
Illinois   (per NUHS)

Y

Y

Y

Indiana

Y

Y

Y

Iowa

Y

Y

Y

Kansas (Telephone)

Y

Y

?

Kentucky

Y

Y

Y

Louisiana  (see below)

Y

Y

Y

Maine

Y

Y

Y

Maryland  (NO RESPONSE)  
Massachusetts

Y

Y

Y

Michigan  (NO RESPONSE)  
Minnesota

Y

Y

Y

Mississippi (Telephone)

Y

Y

Y

Missouri

Y

N

Y

Montana

Y

Y

Y

Nebraska (NO RESPONSE)  
Nevada

Y

Y

Y

NH  (NOT A BOARD OPINION)

Y

Y

Y

New Jersey

Y

N

Y

New Mexico (NO RESPONSE)  
New York (NO RESPONSE)  
North Carolina

Y

Y

Y

North Dakota

Y

Y

Y

Ohio  (Telephone)

Y

Y

Y

Oklahoma (Telephone)

Y

Y

Y

Oregon

Y

Y

Y

Pennsylvania

N

N

Y

Rhode Island

N

N

N

South Carolina

Y

Y

Y

South Dakota

Y

Y

Y

Tennessee  (Telephone)

N

N

Y (DIP @Lab)

Texas

Y

Y

Y

Utah

N

N

N

Vermont

Y

Y

Y

Virginia

?

?

?

Washington

Y (DIP only)

Y

N

West Virginia  (Telephone)

Y

Y

Y

Wisconsin  (NO RESPONSE)  

Wyoming  (Telephone)

N

Y

N

Delaware states that urine specimen collection and interpretation may be performed only for subluxation detection.

Louisiana states "Please note that our answers are qualified with the extension, '...as long as it is associated with the functional integrity of the spine' ."