Opiates, a group of narcotics derived from the opium poppy, include natural substances like morphine and codeine. They are primarily used for pain relief but are also known for their high potential for dependency and abuse. Opiates work by binding to specific receptors in the brain, altering the perception of pain and often inducing feelings of euphoria....


Who would benefit from testing opiates?

Testing for opiates is beneficial for individuals who are undergoing treatment for opiate addiction, in professions that require regular drug screening, or in medical settings to monitor prescribed usage. It’s also crucial in emergency situations to identify potential opiate overdose and to assist in pain management strategies where opiate use is suspected.

How long does opiates stay in your system?

The duration opiates stay in your system varies based on the specific type of opiate, dosage, and individual metabolism. Generally, opiates can be detected in urine for 1-4 days, in blood for up to 12 hours, in saliva for up to 48 hours, and in hair for up to 90 days. Factors like age, liver function, and frequency of use can influence these timelines.

How long after use should you take the test?

For most accurate results, GetTested’s opiates test should ideally be taken within 1-4 days after the last use.

What are the signs of opiates overdose?

  • Unconsciousness or inability to wake up
  • Slow, shallow, or stopped breathing
  • Slow or stopped heartbeat
  • Extremely pale or clammy skin
  • Bluish tint to lips or fingernails
  • Limp body
  • Vomiting or gurgling noises
  • Inability to speak
  • Confusion or disorientation

Test(s) that measure/test for Opiates

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