Opiates Drug Test
SKU #: D1-OPI
Detection Period - 2-4 days
Detection Level - 2000 ng/mL (the cutoff level suggested by SAMHSA with Morphine as the Calibrator*)
An opiate is any drug made from the opium poppy plant, including natural products, morphine, codeine, and semi-synthetic drugs like heroin. Opiates are often used to control pain. This test will allow you to figure out if a drug from the opiate family has been recently used. The test will yield a positive result when concentrations of morphine exceed 2000 ng/mL. Morphine is excreted unmetabolized (aka unchanged), and is also the major metabolic product of codeine and heroin. Morphine, codeine, and heroin are generally detectable in the urine for several days after use.
Opiates are extremely addictive. You can learn more about Heroin here at the National Institute on Drug Abuse website. This opiates drug test uses a urine sample to find out if an opiate has been used in the past few days. It is 95% accurate, simple to use, and provides results within 5 minutes. If you need a test that will show you a more extensive drug use history, please check out our variety of hair drug tests (see the sidebar on the left). In either case we believe we have a drug test that will suit your needs. If you have any questions please send us an email at email@example.com or check out the Instructions or FAQ tabs above!
Heroin Use Increases
Both law enforcement and treatment providers are reporting increased heroin availability and use. The increase in heroin drug use is attributed to the fact that some opioid prescription drug abusers switch to heroin because it is cheaper than a prescription drug like oxycodone. Also opioid abusers can build up a tolerance to prescription drugs and may try heroin for a more intense high. Visit the White House Drug Policy website for the latest Heroin Facts and Figures.
*The Opiate urine drug test uses Morphine as the calibrator for the stated 2,000 ng/mL testing level. The following table lists the concentrations of compounds (ng/mL) that are detected as positive in this urine drug test
Instructions - Opiates Drug Test
Frequently Asked Questions - Opiates Drug Test
Q: Will oxycodone show up on an opiates drug test?
Oxycodone can show up on an opiates drug test, but we can’t guarantee that it will. The reason for this is that oxycodone doesn’t metabolize into morphine, but instead metabolizes into norOxycodone, oxymorphone, and their glucuronides. The compounds oxycodone metabolizes into are similar to morphine, but not exactly the same. So sometimes oxycodone will show up on an opiates test, but not with the same accuracy as it shows up on an OxyContin / Vicodin test. The OxyContin / Vicodin test specifically tests for oxycodone in urine, so is much more reliable for that purpose than the opiates test, which detects morphine in urine.
Q: Will poppy seeds show up?
The cutoff level of this test is designed so that ingesting poppy seeds or foods with poppy seeds in them will not trigger the test. Still, the rare false positive caused by poppy seeds can happen. To be sure that you do not get a false positive on an opiates drug test, we would recommend not ingesting poppy seed products for a few days before your test, just to be on the safe side.
Q: What are the differences between the many kinds of opiates?
The world of opiates can get a little confusing. For example, this opiates drug test does not detect ALL possible opiates or opiate-derived drugs. It does not detect oxycodone as well as our oxycodone specific test (labeled the OxyContin / Vicodin test) and it does not detect Buprenorphine at all.
What makes an opiate an opiate is its ability to bind to opioid receptors in the cell membrane (see Medscape for more detail). The reason these receptors exist is because the brain produces what some refer to as “natural opiates,” or endorphins. Endorphins make you feel good and relieve pain, and your endorphin levels go up when you exercise, are stressed out, or in labor. Opiates work because they mimic endorphins and work on the same receptors (see PBS for more detail).
Aside from endorphins, the most “natural” opiate is opium. The opium poppy is a source of many opiates I am sure you’ve heard of. Morphine is one of the main opiates taken from the opium poppy. The others are codeine and thebaine. They are naturally occurring in opium and can be isolated in order to be used individually. Opium was first processed into its components in the early 19th Century; before that, and all the way back to the Stone Age, unprocessed opium was used for pain relief by numerous cultures. Interestingly enough, for most of its history, opium does not appear to have been used recreationally.
Morphine was the first medicine to be isolated from a natural product. It is still used today to relieve pain and can be detected with this opiates drug test. Codeine, another opiate compound contained in opium, is also used for pain relief, and generally is used for more mild pains than morphine. It is an ingredient in some cough medications that are popularly abused, and is also issued in pill form. You may be prescribed codeine, for example, after having teeth pulled. Codeine can be detected with this test as well.
Thebaine, the other notable opiate compound in opium, has very little use in and of itself in medicine. However it is used to create a number of semi-synthetic opioids that have recently become very popular, including oxycodone.
Semi-synthetic opioids are created from one of the components of opium. They are called opioids because that is the name for all chemicals that act on the opioid receptors in the brain. They are also called opioids because the term “opiate” is reserved for compounds naturally occurring in opium; none of the drugs I am about to describe naturally exist in opium.
Semi-synthetic opioids include heroin, oxycodone, oxymorphone, and hydrocodone. Heroin can be detected with this opiates drug test. Heroin is derived from morphine, and its final metabolic product is morphine – which is what the opiates drug test tests for. Oxycodone and hydrocodone have more complicated metabolic products, so they don’t show up as reliably on the opiates drug test as they do on the OxyContin / Vicodin test that we sell. Unfortunately, none of our tests at this time detect oxymorphone.
Finally, there are synthetic opioids. These include methadone, propoxyphene, fentanyl and buprenorphine. These are created entirely in laboratories and while they act on opioid receptors in the brain, they are not derived from opium. Methadone and propoxyphene are not picked up by this drug test, but are picked up by our 12 Panel Drug Test. Fentanyl is not currently detected by any of our drug tests. You can detect buprenorphine with our Suboxone Drug Test / Buprenorphine Drug Test.
The Opiates Drug Test will test for the following drugs:
Koalin and Morphine Mixture
Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) /Codeine Preparations
Tylenol with codeine
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