Will using Subuxone/Subutex show up as positive for opiates on an employment drug screen?
Suboxone/Subutex ... show positive on drug test?
- 8 Apr 2008 by Robert_325
24 Apr 2008
I started Suboxone yesterday, 4/22/08 and I start back to work on Wed. 4/30/08. I work for a world wide delivery company and I've got a feeling I will be "randomly" drug tested when I go back for pain medication. Since I have been off on medical for my back for about a 3-4 weeks (really it was because I was hooked on the hydrocodone pills and I my head was not screwed on right), luckily my doc filled out my papers saying it was for my back but full well knowing it was because of my consumption of pain pills. I do really have a fractured coccyx, Degenerative Disc Disease and some arthritis, but I started to abuse the pills and 12 months was long enough for feeling like a zombie. So I am glad to hear that if I do have to take a drug test, I will test clean. YAY!:D
29 Aug 2008
I get drug tested monthly twice by my probation officer and by my addiction clinic I was addicted to oxymorphone, and was but on suboxone. I take 3 8mg tablets a day never once has it read a positive for my probation officer on a standard five test until yesterday that is..
I took the test put the card in we talked went in to see the results and he said why does it say you are positive for opiates when in fact I have not taken any kind of opiates except for my suboxone which is prescribed to me. My probation officer knows that I am prescribed suboxone and I said to him that there is no way and I will retake the test our you can send it into the lab because I have not done any opiates in half a year. So my probation officer says "I am going to assume that the suboxone is giving off some kind of reading because the line for positive was only slightly there." So now I am worried that my probation officer is going to have a * fit the next time I take the test and it reads a false positive, well I am going to tell him to send it into a lab because I know for a fact I am clean and have been proud to be clean and think that suboxone has done miracles for me. The point of this story is that I tested positive for opiates in a standard nida 5 test. I am going to have to ask my doctor why this is happening because I really don't like it.
Any one else have any stories let me know please!
29 Aug 2008
I wondered about subutex and suboxone showing up on tests myself. If you look I started this thread back in April. I was beyond using subutex then but I didn't know if it would show up or not.
I can say now that with all of the people I have talked to over the last six months or so about buprenorphine showing up on a drug test I have never heard from one single person that had it showed up positive. And there have been LOTS of people that I have talked to. I don't understand at all.
Yes suboxone and subutex are opiates. But they are only supposed to show up on a test that checks for buprenorphine. It's not ever supposed to show up on a standard five or nine panel drug test. I don't have an answer for you as to why you tested differently. I'm confused. Please let us know if you find an answer. I would really like to know. Thanks.
30 Aug 2008
Five panel and nine panel will at times show false positives... that is why there is a second line of testing... it could of been something you ate... could of been you by chance "melted" a ole amino acid, could be faulty test strip, could be anything. I was worred about this myself and tested myself 5 times under different circumstants... I came up positve one out of 5. If you come up positive they MUST send it to a lab for more detailed testing and then you will be cleared. relax... it will be okay. I promise. As long as your not using anything other then the sub you will be good to go.
30 Aug 2008
I would think so too. So next time if it does happen I am going to have him send it to a lab. I think that some people metabolize bupe different and maybe that's why it will show up for some and not for others and also maybe it depends on your dosage I my self am at a pretty high dose. Who knows I guess I have nothing to worry about because I know for a fact I am clean.
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