Wednesday July 23rd 2014

Does OxyContin show up on drug tests?

Yes. OxyContin shows up on drug tests. In fact, a simple 5 panel drug screen can easily detect oxycodone.

OxyContin is a narcotic painkilling medication which contains oxycodone, an opiate routinely screened for in drug tests. Because of the high rate of abuse associated with OxyContin (oxycodone gets you high), standard drug screens will be able to detect OxyContin in urine. More on OxyContin detection here and a section for your questions about OxyContin drug tests at the end.

Why order a drug test for OxyContin?

Employers and law enforcement officials are increasingly cracking down on any drugs which are abused. Because of its high addictive potential, OxyContin is one such drug. So, authorities routinely test for OxyContin as a matter of course.

In other cases, OxyContin drug tests are a medical necessity. For example, if you’re admitted to a hospital with a suspected drug overdose and can die OxyContin, toxicology screening may be done. Doctors need to know exactly what drugs you’ve been taking before they can appropriately diagnose and treat you. Furthermore, drug testing may be ordered during psychiatric treatment as a part of diagnosis or during opiate treatment to make sure that you are dosing as prescribed. Finally, because oxycodone can react strongly with other central nervous system depressants, OxyContin drug tests may be routinely ordered when you are diagnosed with other medical conditions.

Types of OxyContin testing

The most common testing for OxyContin is a urine screen. However, OxyContin may also be detected using blood or hair samples, but these tests are less frequently used. A blood sample is only helpful immediately after taking a drug. Hair samples might be used to detect past OxyContin use several weeks after taking the drug – this is mostly used to make sure someone with prior OxyContin abuse is sticking to their drug treatment program.

OxyContin detection windows

A typical testing and confirmation cutoff concentration for most opiates and opiate derivatives is 300 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter). The typical detection time of OxyContin in urine samples is 1-3 days. This is because oxycodone hits peak levels in urine within eight hours. Levels start to drop after 1-2 days. Because of such a short detection window, low levels of OxyContin may not be picked up by urine tests, in which case hair testing may be used instead.

OxyContin use and abuse

OxyContin abuse is dangerous. The pain killer is highly addictive and can cause painful withdrawal effects, as well as drug-seeking behavior even in people who originally take OxyContin as prescribed. Taking OxyContin in high amounts of over extended periods will lead to a tolerance for the drug, which causes abusers to take larger amounts for the same effect. This greatly increases the risk of an overdose, which can cause breathing problems and high blood pressure, or even coma and death. Risk of serious adverse side effects increase when you chew, snort, inhale or inject OxyContin or take it other than prescribed.

OxyContin show up on drug test questions

OxyContin is currently one of three most addictive prescription drugs subject to serious abuse. If you or someone you know are taking this without legitimate reason, OxyContin will be detected in most job, law enforcement and treatment center urine screens. If you have additional questions about OxyContin testing, please let us know. We try to respond to all legimitate queries with a personal and prompt response.

Reference Sources: DailyMed: OxyContin
PubMed: Forensic drug testing for opiates
Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control: Oxycodone

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9 Responses to “Does OxyContin show up on drug tests?
Carla Smith
9:52 pm May 24th, 2012

Hello,
I will be taking a urine test tomorrow for pre-employment screening. I take 30mg of Oxycontin 2 times daily. I do not abuse, but am concerned that it may affect my employment. I am not sure what to do. Do I tell them prior to the UA that I have the prescription or wait to see if it shows up and then show them my prescriptions?
Thank you,

11:03 am May 25th, 2012

Hi Carla. Thanks for your question.

Just take the prescription with you when you drug test. As long as you take OxyContin as prescribed, and test within the normal max limits for Rx use, the Medical Review Officer will return the test as NEGATIVE (for abuse). In other words, even though the drug is in your system, if you are taking it as prescribed, you are not using OxyContin as an illicit drug.

Does that help?

Demarcus Billingsley
3:10 am October 6th, 2012

I have a question. I am taking 30mg roxycodone 4 times a day and recently took a hair drug test. The test stated that I was positive for oxycodone at 17000 pg/mg. I have been taking it as prescribed. What does this mean and what should my prescribed dose register on this kind of test? Thank you

10:13 am October 15th, 2012

Hi Demarcus. Thanks for your question about the metabolite readings for oxycodone on a drug screen. This is a highly specific question that would be best answered by a Medical Review Officer at a drug testing laboratory. I’d suggest that you call one of these doctors (perhaps at the facility where you were tested) to get some feedback and answer your questions directly.

Jon Marsh
1:07 am December 11th, 2012

If a person takes 90 mg a day of oxycotin for approx 3 months, and the person stops taking the medicine, how long will it take for the drug to be out of their system and not detected in urine tests? Thank you.

jeffrey
2:47 am July 6th, 2013

hello I would like to know due to OxyContin coming up in drug test is there a way we can get this not to show morphine cause every time I do a drug test on my ex the test will show up as a opiate and when we further test we get morphine and she does have a script for this( we don’t know) as I have been told she has been abusing this drug or getting it given to her. and my daughter is with her

jeffrey
3:03 am July 6th, 2013

and I do have her on meth as well

linda
4:55 pm November 12th, 2013

Hi…if I take an oxycontin at 12. Will it be detected in urine at 3 the same day?

Barbara
7:26 am January 30th, 2014

I have a level of oxy cotton levels coming up was wondering if it can you detecited Meth

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