Does Suboxone Show up on a 12-Panel Drug Test?

Drug testing is something that a person may undergo for quite a few reasons. First and foremost, many employers ask that new employees submit to a drug screening when they start a new job. Employers may also ask for random drug tests from employees throughout the time they’re with a company. Drug screenings may be done for medical reasons. Screenings are also done in the criminal justice system. Regardless of the reason, it can be a stressful time, particularly for people who are in the process of struggling to with substance use disorder.

Does Suboxone Show up on a 12-Panel Drug Test?
Opioids are a highly addictive class of drugs that include prescription narcotic pain medicines and heroin. They’re not only psychologically addictive, but users form a physical dependence. When an opioid-dependent person attempts to stop misusing drugs, they may experience withdrawal. Opioid withdrawal can include mental and psychological symptoms such as anxiety or irritability and physical symptoms like pain, nausea, and vomiting. There are certain medications used to combat withdrawal symptoms and help people be more successful in their drug treatment program and recovery.

One option is Suboxone that can be prescribed as part of a comprehensive drug treatment program. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid agonist, so it has some of the same effects of other opioids, at a lower level. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning if someone tries to abuse Suboxone, this blocks the opioid effects such as euphoria.

Suboxone can be extremely helpful to improve the chances of completing a drug treatment program, but people wonder if it shows up on a drug test. There are worries among some people that if they were having a drug test for employment as an example and Suboxone showed on their results they would not get hired or lose their job. So, what’s the reality? Does Suboxone show up on a standard drug test? Does Suboxone show up on a 12-panel drug test?

There are several different types of drug screenings. The following are some of the most commonly used screenings:

  • There are four and five-panel tests and the primary difference between these two is that the four-panel doesn’t test for marijuana. There is a move among a lot of employers to avoid testing for marijuana as the U.S. becomes more accepting about the medicinal and recreational use of this drug. There are also different variations of four-panel tests that may look for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, methamphetamine and instead leave PCP out.
  • A seven-panel drug test is usually given to determine if an employee or individual is abusing prescription drugs. This is especially relevant in employment positions where alertness or operating vehicles or machinery is required. In most cases, a seven-panel test will screen for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, PCP, amphetamines, benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
  • 10-panel drug tests are high-level and may be used in jobs related to law enforcement, or to ensure someone is keeping up with the terms of probation. 10-panel urine tests look for cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, opiates, PCP, benzodiazepines, methadone, barbiturates, propoxyphene and Quaaludes.
  • 12-panel drug tests are usually given in conjunction with a ten-panel test. A twelve-panel screening is designed to look for opiates in depth and prescription painkillers, as well as any other controlled substances. This can include opiates, benzos, methadone, oxycodone, and similar drugs.
Even though Suboxone is a prescription medication, there are reasons someone could be concerned about it showing up on a drug test. It could be that they don’t want their employer to know they’re on a medication designed to help with opioid dependence, as an example.

A 12-panel urine test does screen for buprenorphine and methadone. Both buprenorphine and methadone are used in the treatment of heroin and opioid addiction. Buprenorphine is the active opioid component contained in Suboxone, so yes, it is possible for Suboxone to show up on a 12-panel drug test. There is usually a detection period for Suboxone on a 12-panel drug test that anywhere from one to three days following the last use or sometimes up to 10 days depending on the test.

While Suboxone can show up on a 12-panel drug test, there may be variations depending on the specific type of test administered. Different organizations may also have varying cutoff levels for detection of certain substances. Buprenorphine may be added to 10-panel screenings with extended opioid testing. On standard drug testing panels, buprenorphine isn’t often tested for and has to be specifically included. Buprenorphine won’t cause positive results for other opiates or opioids. If a test is looking for oxycodone, buprenorphine won’t show up as a positive for that.

The Recovery Village is one of the leading drug addiction treatment centers in the U.S. We approach the recovery process with knowledge and compassion. Call us or contact us to learn more about how to get into a treatment program, or how to help a loved one receive treatment for a substance use disorder.