There have been some drug related charges filed in my immediate association with someone and that person has been trying to get off of opiate based drugs with the help of Suboxone film. We need to know if it will show positive on the drug test administered by the court system.
I am absolutely FLOORED by the level of misinformation being spread about this particular question. I have seen it asked and answered with inaccurrate information many times in this forum. As a health care professional who works in addiction and recovery, I have direct knowledge and experience of this answer. Suboxone is Buprenorphine. Tests ARE available that DO detect Buprenorphine. However, we generally have to order that test singly as a single test urine dip stick. It is USUALLY not included in any standard 5, 6, 10 or even 12 panel u/a cups. That being said- I have heard of it occasionally being included on some test cups. I have also come accross many anecdotal accounts of false positive results for oxycodone, but have never actually seen one occur. (I have administered many, many tests, and generally know when my clients are taking buprenorphine. I have never seen it cause a positive reading for anything but itself) You would really need to know that your test doesn't include the test for the Buprenorphine metabolite in order to rest your mind completely at ease, BUT the percentage of tests that currently offer Buprenorphine as one of the five, ten, six or 12 panels is low, (perhaps less than 10%- as an estimation) and of course, the 12 panel may be slightly more likely to include it than the 10, 6, or 5 panels.
If in doubt, try to find out which company manufactures the test cup and how many panels are used, then look up the company online to get a better idea of what is included in that particular test.
- Suboxone Information for Consumers
- Suboxone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Suboxone (detailed)
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