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  • It is my understanding that NOTHING is just "detected". They have to specifically LOOK for something to have it confirmed.
  • methadone would show up on an employment drug screen beause heroine does, methadone is just a synthetic version of heroin. general rule of thumb is that anything you can dissole in wate takes 48 hours to be cleared from our system for a standard urine test. things that dont dissolve in water can take up to 3 weeks.
  • Methadone is not a synthetic version of heroin-- in fact its structure is unique among opiates/opiods. The drugs usually tested for in a routine pre-employment drug screen are the "NIDA 5" : 1. Cannabinoids marijuana 2. Cocaine + metabolite 3. Amphetamines + methamphetamine 4. Opiates 5. Phencyclidine (PCP) Regarding the opiate test: what it is listed to detect are the compounds morphine, codeine, heroin, and opium. There is a high probability related compounds hydrocodone (vicodin) oxycodone (percocet) hydromorphone (dilaudid) and oxymorphone (numorphan) will cross-react and cause an initial positive as well. Due to recent drug use trends, benzos eg. valium, oxycodone and hydrocodone will probably be tested for in addition to the original NIDA 5. Since methadone is chemically unique from opiates and other opiods, it will not show up under the NIDA 5 or oxycodone, hydrocodone etc. Methadone requires a separate test, so unless you are in a hospital or getting a sensitive job which tests for almost all drugs, Rx and not, you should be fine. The more drugs you test for it gets very expensive thankfully, so routine screening can't include everything. It is correct that positive results can only be given for those compounds specifically listed to be tested for. For example, if they get an initial false positive due to cold medicine for methamphetamine and they run a confirmatory GC-MS and find methadone they cannot report this information.
  • Probably depends on how much 'screening' the employer is paying for...
  • Actually there are about a dozen differnt types of "drug screens", and the most complex is also the most expensive. So unless there is a need to be specific,(such as driving a school bus) they will use the standard drug screen which only detects the type of opiates that are metabolized as morphine or codiene. Which would include heorin but not methadone. Heroin is metabolized as morphine for instance and vicodin is metabolized as codiene. However methadone wich is synthetic is neither and wont be detected unless the job for which you are applying deals with the transport of passengers or deals with something that could have serious implications of a danger if the employee was on methadone.
  • If they do a 10 panel then yes, it will show up. If they use a 5 panel drug test, then no they aren't looking. I have even had to do hair screenings on patients for pre employment and that will defiantly show up. It all depends on the company hiring you on what tests they will perform.
  • methadone is a pure synthetic opiode and therefor will not register under any screening unless they are specifically looking for methadone. If however the sample is sent out to a lab, the lab can confirm exactly whats in the urine. Fentynol is another full-synthetic opiode that will not show up on a classice 5-9 panel(cap) urine test. If the screener uses the regular drug tests i.e probabtion, medical, and employment offices use then you should be ok. Again, this is only hear-say but I have done alot of reasearch on the subject being on probabtion myself. I would not condone using any of these substances for they all can kill you if you are not careful or familiar with the product
  • I posted almost this same post on aonther one which was asking a similar question. Most employers use a 5 panel drug test. If they are watnting to be real hard As$es they would use a 7 panel. I was in an outpatient rehab center and you learn ALL the tricks to drug testing! Yes, believe it or not there are a lot of people enrolled in outpatient programs because they have 1,2,3 DUI's so they are their to do the dance while they have to and then run for the hills the second they can. In my experience we took a 7 panel test. It tested for 1. Marijuana (which stays for a VERY long time if you are a chronic user) 2. Alcohol (yes nquil, mouth wash and even some chewing gum will give a postitive if there minimum screening level is low enough) 3. Amphet/Methamphetamine 4. Cocaine and Metabolites 5. Benzodiazapines (which inclued xanax, valium, ativan, librium-which ironically enough they give you in rehab to help you detox from other drugs) 6. Opiodes (vicodin, percocet, oxycodone, percodan, heroin, dilaudid etc.) 7. Oxycontin - Which is synthetic as is methdone which is why it doesn't show up under Opiodes. I had a friend who had to take UA's for probation and it was a 5 panel and didn't test for oxycontin so he never tested positive for it under opiod (at the inpatient center I attended there were 100 people and I would say 75% of people under 30 were there for oxycontin addiction) On the particular one I take it says "To test for additional drugs please circle" and there is a list of drugs which inclued Methadone, Buprenorphine (suboxone, subutex) and Ecstasy. It is my understanding that it is very expensive to test for these things and they are less prevelant so it's not standard to test for them.
  • THE ANSWER IS NO THEY DONT TEST FOR METHADONE, IN A 5 PANEL DRUG TEST. SO DONT LISTENT O ANYONE THAT SAYS IT WILL SHOW UP IN A NIDA 5 PANEL DRUG TEST. I TAKE METHADONE AND HAD A RANDOM DRUG TEST AT WORK AND I WAS TAKING METHADONE AND GOT MY DRUG TEST AND IT NEVER SHOWED UP. IT WILL ONLY SHOW UP ON A 10 PANEL DRUG TEST BECAUSE THEY THEN WILL TEST FOR IT. SO DONT WORRY IF YOU ARE TAKING IT THEN DONT WORRY IF YOU ARE GETTING A PRE EMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST OR A RANDOM DRUG TEST BECAUSE IT WONT SHOW UP UNLESS THEY DO A 7 OR 10 PANEL DRUG TEST. BECAUSE IT IS A SYNTHETIC OPIATE AND WILL NOT SHOW UP ON A DRUG TEST UNLESS IT IS SPECIFICALLY TESTED FOR.
  • it is not on the standard test
  • I am professional plumber I was taking methodon for 13 years 95 mgs. I was sent to drug labs to be tested for drugs to join a different company. I was told to bring any prescribed medication with me to the lab when i gave my urine test. I brought 1 of my take home bottles with my name, the drs name at the clinic,and the clinics name and addressand phone #. This included methodon (considered prescribed medication) So when my test results came back. I was considered clean. I have recently briken free of the bonds of methodon after 13 years and I can honestly say it was one the hardest thing i have done in my life but i can now feel again.
  • Not usually. It will show up as an opiate...
  • So if im taking Roxys and methadone it will not show up on a 5 panel drug screen
  • If they test you for a 10 panel it WILL show up! If it is a 5 panel it will not. I just took and it will show up methodone i failed a 10 panel for methodone

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