Opiates are one of the most addictive drugs with analgesic and sedative effects. According to TEDS report 2007, opiates accounted for almost one-fifth (19 %) of all substance abuse treatment admissions. Opiates include heroin, methadone, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Codeine, Dilaudid, Morphine, Demerol, Opium and other drugs that have Morphine like effects. The widespread abuse of Opiates stresses on the easy and quick drug testing process that gives instant results that help to check the abuse immediately.
One-step Opiate test is a preferred method to detect the Opiate and its metabolites in urine, as it is a simple to administer dip and read test. The cut off concentration for the test is 2000 mg/mL. that is approved by SAMHSA. UV light meter
The urine specimen should be collected in a dry and clean container. Urine collected at any time of the day can be used for the test. Specimens can be stored for up to 48 hours prior to testing at 2-8°C. Specimens with visible particles should be centrifuged, filtered or allowed to settle to obtain a clear specimen to test.
How to take the test:
Prior to testing, allow the specimen and test card to reach the room temperature. Remove the test card from the pouch and discard the small moisture absorbent packet. Immerse the test strip vertically in the urine specimen for 10 to 15 seconds, with arrows pointing towards the urine. Then place the test card on a non-absorbent flat surface and start the timer. Consider the results after 5 minutes of the test.
Interpretation of the test:
For a positive result, a red line appears in the control (C) region and no line appears in the test (T) region. For a negative result, a red line appears in the control (C) region and a red or pink line in the test (T) region. Control (C) line fails to appear for an invalid result. This may happen due to the insufficient specimen volume or incorrect procedural techniques.
This test card provides preliminary analytical test result. More specific chemical methods such as Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) should be used to get confirmed analytical result, particularly after positive result in preliminary analytical test.
Opiate abuse continues to be a serious concern to public health. Therefore, drug abusers must be detected using effective drug tests like One-Step Opiate Test Strip. These tests are 95% to 98% accurate, FDA approved and provide results within minutes.