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    I have 3 children that tested positive for methamphetamine due to the step-father cooking the stuff in a drug lab at the home. I don't want to use 304.4, because they are not dependent. They were only positive because of prolong exposure and I can't find anything really for drug exposure. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    Apr 2007
    Columbia, MO


    you can use a V code exposure or a code for poisoning defininely not the 304.4.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    I know, but I couldn't find one that really fit, any ideas.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire


    Look at V87.2, exposure to harmful chemicals...it excludes "toxic effects of..." in the 980-988 range, which you could also look at, if it's documented as to the nature of the effect.
    Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
    Coding Manager
    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    Dover, NH 03820

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