Opiate Drug Tests Information
Opiate Drug Testing InformationAll opiates, including opium, heroin, codeine, morphine, and many opiate-based prescription drugs metabolize (biologically break down) as Morphine (MOR). (The synthetically manufactured opiate, methadone, metabolizes as methadone [MTD] and is therefore detected by a different drug test.) Following are the latest results of urine drug test detection times studying various opiates:
Drug detection times for MOR by a urine drug test may be less than 24 hours to more than three days.
- Opiate drug detection times for a saliva drug test are generally two to three days, although opiate drug test detection times for saliva testing can be similar to detection times for urine. Most current studies and drug tests do not distinguish between various types of opiates
- Opiate drug tests will not reliably screen for synthetic opiates.
- There are many factors that influence opiate drug detection times, including the body s metabolism, but duration, frequency, amount of opiate used and method of administration also influence the results.
We offer a variety of products that test for the presence of opiates (MOR) at various, specific levels:
- codeine, norcodeine
- morphine, ethylmorphine, 6-Monoacetylmorphine
- levorphanolprocaine, thebaine, procaine
- 300 ng/ml cut-off detects a low level that may include typical prescription and over-the-counter doses of opiates.
- 2000 ng/ml cut-off detects a highe level of opiates that may indicate use of illicit opiates, prescription and over-the-counter misuse, and addiction.
Synthetic opiates such as Methadone and Oxycodone (well-known brand name is Oxycontin, also known as: Vicodin, Anexsia, Co-Gesic, Hydrocet, Lorcet, Lortab, Maxidone, Norco, Stagesic, Ugesic, Vendone, Vanacet, Zydone) metabolize differently than "natural" opiates. Although high levels of their metabolites may cross-react with a "natural" opiate drug test, only a drug test that was designed to test for the specific synthetic substance's metabolite can yield scientifically reliable results.The following should be used only as an FYI and is not intended as a recommendation because there are many exceptions: It is also important to keep in mind that drug detection, especially prescription drug detection can be tricky because many factors contribute to the outcome, including specific drug formula, frequency of use, duration of use, dosage, and time lapse since last ingestion. Also, as with administration, any home drug test urine specimens suggesting positive results should be confirmed with a more specific method such as GC/MS testing at a professional laboratory.