Though Opiates are considered as a strong medication for pain and they are only prescribed by a medical practitioner yet Opiates have found their way as a source of recreation. For this reason, it is commonly abused and thus the DEA has labeled it as an illegal drug.

Since it is illegal to consume any type of Opiates if not prescribed then people appearing for interviews, exams and before the law, are drug tested for it. Here comes a common problem. Most of the drug tests are designed in such a way as to identify the Opiates consumed.

So if you consume an Opiate and you go for drug testing, it’s highly likely that the results will be positive. However, this article emphasizes on the hot topic ‘What can you do to pass an Opiate drug test?’ Find your answers in the article below.

What are Opiates?

OpiatesOpiates are a class of drugs that are labeled as narcotics. These drugs act on the Opiate receptors; mu, delta, and kappa present in the brain, spinal cord, and the periphery. These receptors are involved in setting up a reaction within the neurons that increases the levels of euphoria as well as causes analgesia.

Opiates are responsible for altering a number of corticospinal pathways, therefore, it shows a multitude of actions. Considering this, it has gained immense popularity in the recreational world as well as amongst athletes who need to get rid of the pain that results due to excessive muscular hypertrophy and heavy exercises.

What are the drug tests that are used to detect Opiates?

The primary drug test used that is used to detect Opiates is the HER/MOR test that detects heroine and morphine. Usually, all the Opiates are metabolized to morphine and this test is used to detect morphine.

This test is an immunoassay of either urine or saliva sample. GC/MS can also be done. Hair test and Hair follicle testing are also done. The metabolites of Opiates stay for up to 100 days in hair and 3 to 4 months in hair follicles. Dying hair doesn’t remove these metabolites.

Understanding the Opiate drug test

The logical answer to this question would be obvious, to be free of all Opiate substances. However, there are people who cannot be totally free of these substances as they take Opiates for medicinal purposes.

To smoothly go through the process of drug testing, you need to understand how drug testing works and what choices do you have. Initially, you need to know that what the drug test is looking for. How much time do you have to pass the required test? Is it a hair test? A saliva analysis or a urine test?

Usually, a urine test is done to detect drugs. Immunoassay method is used in which specific substances or metabolites of Opiates are measured according to concentration available in the body at that specific time. A secondary test such as chromatography and mass spectrometer, also known as GC/MS can also be used.

To pass a drug test one needs to understand the basic pharmacology of the Opiates. There is this concept of half life. If an Opiate has a half life of 12 hours, it will be metabolized in 12 hours and only half of the drug will remain in its active form after 12 hours.

In 12 more hours, the only 1/4th amount of the original active Opiates will remain in the body. The half life of a drug can be changed on the certain traits of the individual like tolerance etc.

Opiates come in the ‘5-panel test’ which also includes cocaine, cannabinoids, amphetamines, and phencyclidine. If you are an infrequent user you can easily pass the test and the detox process occurs by itself within 1 to 3 days.

If you are the frequent user you require at least 10 days of detoxification to pass the Opiate drug test. If you are a constant user you will require 2 weeks to a month to be clean.five panel drug test

How long do various Opiates appear in urine?

Different varieties of Opiates appear for a different period of time in urine, but if you are an infrequent user then the general rule is that Opiates appear for 2-3 days in urine after its consumption.

Codeine has a half life of 3 hours only. It appears in the blood on day 1 of consumption. It appears in urine for 1-2 days, in saliva for 1 to 4 days and for 90 days in a hair test.

Hydrocodone has a half life of around 3.8 hours. It appears positive in the urine test for 2 to 4 days, in a saliva test for 12 to 36 hours and 90 days in the hair test.Heroin is a commonly used Opiate and it appears within 6 hours of consumption in the blood test.

It appears within 2 to 7 days in urine and requires up to 5 hours appearing in saliva. In the case of hair test, it appears for as long as 90 days.

Morphine is used in the medical industry for analgesia. It’s half life depends on the mode of administration of morphine. It is detected in the blood test within 12 hours of its administration.

It appears in the urine test for up to 3 hours and for up to 90 days in the hair test. It appears in the saliva test for 4 hours after consumption.

Tips you need to pass an Opiate drug test

If you want to pass a saliva test for Opiates, you can consume saliva neutralizing gum that disrupts the detection of Opiates.

To pass a urine test you need to do much more. The easiest way is to give a sample of synthetic urine for the test, but then there are masking agents that can be added into the urine sample. The commonest way used to pass a urine drug test is to take as much water as you can.

People usually recommend starting drinking water 3 days prior to the test, but 8 glasses of water just before the test can help you in passing it. Dilution results in a change of the urine color.

The color is no more yellow. To make the urine color yellow, you can take vitamin b12 supplements. Also, dilution affects the creatine levels of urine, thus you should also take creatine, tablets.

To pass a hair drug test you simply go for the drug test on the 3rd or 4th day of consumption. By this time it is eliminated from the blood and doesn’t appear in urine or saliva test. The metabolites of any of the Opiates require at least 5 days reaching the hair follicles.

What are some of the home remedies for passing an Opiate drug test?

To quickly remove the Opiate metabolites from the system you can follow some of the home remedies that include the following;

  1. Water: You should consume at least one gallon of water, at least 24 hours ahead of the drug test to ensure that the metabolites are diluted and not detected by the drug test. Dilution rids of the yellow color of urine so at least take 100mg Vitamin B12, 2 hours prior to the test as it gives a yellow hue to the urine.
  2. Diuretics like iced tea, grape juice, coffee, apple cider vinegar and cranberry juice allows frequent urination that leads to increased metabolism and thus the fats burn quickly and so does one feel thirst. This way you can drink plenty of water. Caffeinated diuretics usually have side effects so they should be avoided.
  3. Exercise helps in losing fats that form a reserve for the Opiate metabolites. In order to pass the test, one should work out regularly.
  4. The more the fiber intake in the diet, the greater the metabolism of the body.
  5. Blood cleanser herbs like red clover, chaparral poke root, and burdock root can be used.
  6. Lemon Juice: Helps in passing hair test if hair is washed with water containing lemon juice.
  7. Vinegar: Washing hair strands with vinegar can also help in passing a hair test.
  8. Shave your hair to save yourself if you really need to pass an opiate hair test
  9. Red Meat: Take red meat to restore the creatine levels in urine that are reduced by increased consumption of water in an attempt to dilute urine and prevent detection of Opiates in urine.
  10. To pass a saliva test, get a toxin clearing mouthwash and gargle it few times before taking the test.

What does research say about naloxone?

According to a study, naloxone does not appear positive on an opiate urine test though it is structurally similar to oxymorphone. In this study, 14 participants were involved who had no known sensitivity of naloxone and who were negative for a pre test urine screen.

Then these individuals were administered 2-4mg IV naloxone and urine drug screening was obtained before administration, then at 1 hour, 6 hours and 48 hours after administration. The result showed that the immunoassay method was negative for opiates at both the doses of 2mg and 4mg.naloxone

Will oxycodone show up on an opiates drug test?

Oxycodone usually doesn’t show up on Opiate drug tests. The reason being that oxycodone doesn’t metabolize into morphine, instead, it metabolizes to nor oxycodone and oxymorphone which isn’t similar to morphine.

Asad Khan is an independent health journalist who specializes in food policy and global health. He is a senior fellow for investigative health journalism at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.