Do Home Drug Tests Screen For Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a very powerful analgesic, or pain killer, that is estimated to be 100x more potent than morphine. The narcotic drug is administered to patients through a variety of methods including Intravenous lines (IV), pills, patches, and sometimes even lollypops. Fentanyl is a synthetic derivative of traditional opiates and acts on the body’s natural opiate receptors, yet it is far more difficult to test for. Like Oxycodone and other synthetic pain killer molecules it cannot be detected through traditional drug tests, but luckily there are more advanced versions drug testing kits that can screen for Fentanyl.

At home drug tests for opiates analyze the metabolites, or the leftovers, created after a body has consumed and broken down a particular drug. When a person ingests Fentanyl the metabolites created are not the same as those created by more natural opiates like Heroin and Opium. Contrary to popular belief a person will not “test positive” on an opiate drug test, like Heroin, just because he/she consumed Fentanyl or other synthetic opiates. It simply doesn’t work that way, in order to show a “positive” one needs a much more advanced laboratory Fentanyl drug test.

Tests for Fentanyl are not commonly available for home drug testing and thus are rarely used. To be tested for Fentanyl a person is usually ordered to urinate into a small cup as if it was a traditional test. However no normal “dipstick” test can be used at this time, instead the sample must make its way from the test site to lab. Here scientists will have to separate and examine the metabolites left within the urine, many times resorting to gas chromatography. These Fentanyl drug tests are extremely costly and in result not usually done or available by the general public. While it is unlikely that a person would be tested at home for Fentanyl it is possible; recently over the counter products advertising “lab testing” has become available.


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