I took a urine drug test at a Suboxone clinic and tested positive for opiates, oxycontin, Oxycodone, and methadone. I didn't take any of these. So how is it possible for this test to show up positive? NIK
How can I test positive for methadone if I've never taken it?
Question posted by Nik.Nikita on 25 May 2011
Last updated on 17 August 2019 by Lexibelly
This question has also been asked and answered here: Does methadone show up on a drug test?
I have many times tested negative for benzo when I take them daily so go figure.
I just had the same thing happen to me today. I tested positive for methadone but haven't taken it!! I'm just completely blown away!! The only things I take is unisom, for sleep, ibuprofen, for back pain, and suboxone! -Amy
It's a faulty test strip. I had one too when I took a drug test- it said I was on like 5 drugs. Demand that you are not on drugs and have them re-send the specimen to an actual medical lab for "real testing" The cheap strips at methadone clinics are wrong about 10% of the time!
They do on occasion make mistakes. You can ask for a GC-MS test which are much more accurate but very expensive. It might be worth it if they are talking about discharging you from the clinic. I had a urine screen show up positive for tricyclics one time and I havent taken tricyclics for twenty years!! I still to this day have no idea how I showed positive. The Dr at the time wasnt that worried about it-she even stated she knew their test were not the best. She said she was more worried about perhaps my forgetting to tell her about a med I take and she believed me when I told her I did not take it-perhaps it would have been different if it had been a controlled substance IDK. I'm going to send you a link I found a while back. Others on here have seen it too so you may have but if not its for your reading pleasure. It goes thru what metabolites are found for which drugs and possible reasons for false positives. Pretty interesting reading!
Nniknak, 3 main reasons I thought of for this are 1- bad drug test kit or human error reading test 2- underlying medical condition such as thyroid problem or diabetes that is causing the subs to show a different breakdown than buprenorphine 3- lab mixed up test result if they mailed it to a lab. If you can, buy a home drug testing kit and take it just to see if the home kit shows you positive for any opiates. Subs were specially designed not to test positive for opiates, so dr can tell if patients are relapsing. If your home result still has you testing positive, have dr check for metabolic disorder or other underlying problem. If you test negative at home, drs test kits are bad or inferior quality . Patti
I am so sorry this is happening to u. Two years ago at the methadone clinic I go to I tested positive for benzos, and at that point in my life I had never taken one. I had been there two yrs and never failed a drug test, but they put me in probation and I swear I think they had to have mixed mine and someone elses up. That's a possibility for u also. Mistakes happen. That's the only drug test I failed and I've been there 4yrs now. I thought my counselor would help me cuz she believed me, but she had to stick to the rules. Now they started this thing at my clinic where u can pay ten dollars to have it sent to a lab for further testing, check and see if they do that. GOOD LUCK!!!
The same thing happened to me i took a drug test and tested positive for fentnayl, and i had never taken the drug, i don't get it.
Hello Nik Nakita! Had you taken any opiates in the last week? There is a chance that this could happen. It happened to me. I had a urine test done because I am on Morphine and my doctor does drug tests periodicaly. O ne day he did a urine test and it came back stating that I had been taking Oxycodone, which I wasn't. The doctor knows me well because I have been seeing him over 20 years. He beleived me when I said that I was not taking anything but my Morphine. He called the lab at our major big hospital and talked with a lab specialist. He was told that sometimes this could happen because of some chemical reaction. He also told me that this happened to another one of his patients. Needless to say, I was schocked when my test came up positive for Oxycodone! But thanks to my doctor believing me, there was an explanation why this happened. I would tell your doctor what happened to me. Maybe he will check with the lab to get some answers. I hope that this gets resolved. I know that this can be very upsetting.
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