Oxycodone Test Strips
Oxycodone is a pure agonist opioid used to treat pain with a potency equivalent to that of morphine. The most common pharmaceutical drugs based on oxycodone are Oxycontin, Percodan, and Percocet. Although approved for medical use, opioids like oxycodone have a high potential for abuse. In fact, opioids are the most commonly abused class of prescription medications in the US.
Emergency room visits as a result of oxycodone use rose 181% between 2005 and 2009. Typically, oxycodone users will not test positive for drug abuse on a standard panel drug test. The standard drug panel tests test for codeine, morphine, and heroin and cause false-negative results for oxycodone use. In this context, primary care physicians, rehabilitation facilities, and workplaces require a method for testing oxycodone abuse.
12 Panel Medical has developed a separate oxycodone drug test that detects oxycodone abuse with 99% accuracy. Our oxycodone drug tests are compliant with SAMHSA cutoff concentrations for therapeutic versus abusive levels of oxycodone metabolite in human urine specimens. In clinical settings or in the home, reliable and qualitative results are available in as little as five minutes after testing.
Oxycodone is an opioid, a class of drugs whose principle therapeutic action is analgesia. Under the Controlled Substances Act, prescription drugs containing oxycodone are classified as Schedule II drugs: drugs that are approved for medical use but have a high potential for abuse and severe physical and psychological dependence.
Readily available as a prescription drug, doctors prescribe oxycodone for pain. The increased therapeutic use of opioids such as oxycodone for pain has been a major contributor to the growing opioid epidemic. As a result, providers require an effective monitoring strategy when prescribing these highly potent, highly effective, and highly addictive pharmaceuticals.
Immunoassay drug testing for oxycodone should be part of any effective strategy that aims to curtail drug abuse. With easy to use and easy to easy to understand oxycodone drug tests, providers can identify oxycodone abuse and addiction, and begin to explore diversion programs.
Oxycodone urine drug tests are particularly useful in workplace drug testing programs. The use of standard multi-panel drug testing does not detect the presence of oxycodone and often causes false-negative results. In environments where employers require a wider range of testing resources and tools, test urine strips specifically for oxycodone metabolites can offer results for as long as 24 hours after ingestion.
12 Panel Medical oxycodone drug tests use immunoassay technology to test for levels of oxycodone in human urine specimens that are consistent with oxycodone abuse. The cutoff concentrations that determine ‘positive’ versus ‘negative’ results are preset at the levels determined by SAMHSA but are completely customizable for zero tolerance or abstinence enforcement needs.
Oxycodone is extensively metabolized in the liver. Urine test strips for oxycodone test for oxycodone as well as its metabolite, oxymorphone. The cutoff concentration for the parent drug and its metabolite is expressed as nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) and is adjusted at 100 ng/ml.
A sample urine specimen must be collected from the donor for testing. When the urine specimen is ready for testing, the operator will remove the oxycodone drug test from the protective packaging.
The testing strip may be damaged by extended exposure to light and air. Do not remove the strip until ready to perform the test to ensure the most reliable results. If the testing strip was removed from packaging more than 1 hour prior to testing, the results should not be interpreted.
Do not touch the strip membrane. Bacteria from hands and surfaces may contaminate the testing strip and invalidate results.
Hold the oxycodone drug test where the product name is printed. Carefully place the testing strip membrane into the cup, in a vertical position. Do not immerse the strip past the MAX line on the testing strip.
Allow the strip to absorb as much of the sample as possible, immersing the membrane in the specimen for at least 10 to 15 seconds. You might notice color moving across the strip, but the results cannot be read before five minutes. Do not interpret results after 10 minutes.
If the specimen contains more than the pre-determined cutoff levels, the result is positive. This is indicated by one colored band in the control region and no colored band in the test region. Positive results should be sent to a toxicology laboratory for confirmation.
A negative result is indicated by one colored band in the control region, and one colored band in the test region. A negative result indicates that the specimen does not reach the cutoff levels.
If no colored band appears in the control indicator of the test strip, the result is invalid. The test must be performed again. If the problem persists, you may contact your local distributor.