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Does hydrocodone show on a 5 panel drug screen?

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does hydrocodone show on a 5 panel drug screen ?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Gupta replied 6 years ago.
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It is going to test positive as an opiate on most 5 panel drug tests

Expert:  Family Physician replied 6 years ago.
The standard 5-panel drug test as is used by the DOT does NOT actually identify oxycodone. These test panels were designed as part of the "war on (illegal) drug" following an executive order by President Reagan. The focus of the program was NOT the illegal use of prescription drugs (since this was not as much of a problem 20 years ago.

The opiates test on the standard 5-panel test identifies only heroin, morphine and codeine use. Oxycodone is not identified because it is a synthetic opiate that does not metabolize to any of the target drugs.

HOWEVER, you should be aware, that more employers are now using extended panel drug test that do include testing for other drugs including oxycodone. If you are subject to drug testing and this medication is not being used with a valid medical prescription, you do risk being discovered - which will result in some negative consequences.