What are Opiates?
Opiates are any drug that is derived from the substance naturally found in the opium poppy plant. Opiate is under the broader term opioid, which includes the following: natural opiates such as codeine and morphine: semi-synthetic opiates such as oxycodone and hydrocodone; and synthetic opiates such as fentanyl and methadone.
Among opiates found in opium, morphine is the most abundant and the most potent pain reliever. This analgesic has been used to relieve pain from grave war injuries to the management of painful diseases.
Why Test for OPI/Morphine?
Opiates are also illicitly used for recreational purposes by drug abusers. Opiates such as morphine are highly addictive. It can cause incapacitating physical dependence that could severely affect the abuser physically and psychologically dependence.
After prolonged use, a person’s ability to tolerate the drug diminishes. Those who are misusing the drug, or have obtained it illegally may seek a more potent solution which could cause hospitalization or death.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with opioids being the most common drug.
Opiates/Morphine Test Strips
Opiates/Morphine Test Strips Procedure:
- Remove the the Opiates/Morphine Test Strips from its sealed pouch, or remove from the canister, and use it as soon as possible. For the best results, the test should be performed within an hour. The canister should be closed tightly after removing any strips.
- Hold the Opiates/Morphine Test Strips by the end, where the product name is printed. To avoid contamination, do not touch the strip membrane.
- Holding the strip vertically, dip the test strip in the urine specimen for at least 10-15 seconds. Do not immerse past the maximum line (MAX) on the test strip.
- After the test has finished running, remove the strip from the specimen and place it on a non-absorbent flat surface. Start the timer and wait for the colored band(s) to appear. The result should be read 5 minutes. Do not interpret the result after 10 minutes.
- Internal procedural controls are included in the test. A colored band appearing in the control region(C) is considered an internal positive procedural control, confirming sufficient specimen volume and correct procedural technique.
- External controls are not supplied with this kit. It is recommended that positive and negative controls be tested as a good laboratory practice to confirm the Opiates/Morphine Test procedure to verify proper test performance.