Drug testing is something that a person may undergo in several scenarios. A drug test may be requested while interviewing for a new job, randomly throughout employment, as part of medical treatment, or before or after a criminal conviction.
Even though Suboxone is a prescription medication, there are reasons people could be concerned about it showing up on a drug test. It could be that they don’t want their employers to know they’re on a medication designed to help with opioid dependence.
Detection Times of Suboxone in Urine
A 12-panel urine test can screen for buprenorphine and methadone, which are both used in the treatment of heroin and opioid addiction. Buprenorphine is the active opioid component contained in Suboxone, so 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, with The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT) stating that the drug can typically be detected for 7–10 days following the last use.
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.
For example, 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, and it won’t cause positive results for other opiates or opioids. For instance, if a test is screening for oxycodone, buprenorphine would not cause a positive test result for that substance.
Other Types of Drug Tests
There are several different types of drug screenings. The following are some of the most commonly used screenings:
- Five-panel: The most standard type of drug screening is the five-panel test, which will screen for marijuana, opiates, PCP, cocaine and amphetamines. This is a cost-effective option for employers.
- Seven-panel: 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.
- Ten-panel: 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.
- Twelve-panel: 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, benzodiazepines, methadone, oxycodone and similar drugs.
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National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Opioids.” Accessed June 17, 2020.
Harvard Medical School. “Treating opiate addiction, Part 1: Detoxification and maintenance.” June 27, 2019. Accessed June 17, 2020.
Tomo Drug Testing. “What are the different panel drug tests?” November 4, 2015. Accessed June 17, 2020.
The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment. “Does buprenorphine show up in an employer drug screening?” Accessed June 17, 2020.
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