Do you have an upcoming drug test? Are you worried you might test positive for opiates like heroin, morphine and codeine?
If so, you're probably wondering how you can flush opiates from your body. The answer to this question will depend on the drug test you're facing, but let's start with urine tests, seeing as these are the most common.
Urine Tests for Opiates
First, here's the good news. Opiates are actually harder to detect than some other drugs like weed. Before 1999, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommended a cut-off concentration of just 300 ng/ml in urine tests, but this was raised to 2000 ng/ml to reduce the possibility of false positives.
This means opiates are only detectable in urine tests for 1-4 days after use, at least on a standard test, although this can vary depending on the person.
If you have enough time, you can flush opiates from your body by abstaining and adopting a healthy lifestyle. You can speed up the process, however, with a detox supplement. These usually contain herbal ingredients that support your body, especially the liver, in its natural detox functions.
Checking your progress with inexpensive home-testing kits is also a great way to get some peace of mind.
What if I Don't Have Time for a Full Detox?
If your urine test is going to be at very short notice, you may not have enough time to fully flush the opiates from your body. Fast-acting detox drinks are a great solution for situations like this. These drinks work by flushing drug metabolites and other toxins from your bladder while maintaining the normal chemical balance and color of your urine.
Detox drinks usually start working in just an hour or two, and their effects can last for up to five hours. Make sure you buy a product suitable for your body mass/drug use and follow the instructions carefully. You'll find a lot of home remedies on the Internet, but stay clear of them. Many, if not all, of these don't work, and some can even cause false positives.
What about Hair Drug Tests?
Hair tests are a different ball game unfortunately. Like with most tested substances, traces of opiates are permanently locked in your hair. This means in a typical drug test, opiates can be detected for up to 90 days after use. As if that wasn't enough, hair drug tests are also much harder to fool, and there's very little firm evidence about what works and what doesn't. So, what can you do?
What we do know is that drug metabolites are stored deep in the hair. This means simply washing your hair repeatedly won't do the trick, because it'll never penetrate enough. Some users claim success with bleaching their hair and then re-dying it, sometimes repeatedly, or by washing their hair with baking soda. There's no firm evidence these will actually remove drug metabolites, but they surely won't do your hair much good.
Are There Any Commercial Products for Hair Drug Tests?
Commercial products like Zydot's Ultra Clean are another alternative, and these often come with money-back guarantees. You might prefer to use one of these rather than rely on home remedies that will ruin your hair and maybe not even work.
Home testing isn't as easy with hair drug tests, but if you want to make sure you're clean of opiates (or other drugs) you can get mail-in hair testing kits. They take a little longer, but they're easy to use and totally anonymous.