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Ash Says:
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Hi everyone. Hopefully someone out there has some advice for me. I have been on subs since October 17th of '12 and I take it everyday HOW PRESCRIBED which is 1 and 1/2, total 12 mugs a day of the 8mg strips. I don't take at a set time or anything like that and sometimes don't take at all or at least the whole prescribed amount. Well long story short here; I take drug tests every month and sometimes twice a month for my sub doctor and have never had a problem with my results. I have also taken pre-employment screens and they are fine as well. All of these tests are urine. Well back in November I had an appt with a caseworker at JFS to review my sobriety and caseplan progress. I took a half strip before I went in and, if I remember correctly, that was all I had taken that day. Well she gave me a oral mouth swab test and had me stick it under my tongue to get an optimal amount of saliva on it. I made sure to inform her that I took suboxone orally and in the same place that I was putting this lovely cotton stick at. It was at least 30-40 mind since I took my half a strip. Now mind you I had to explain what suboxone even was to her but, she told me it didn't matter how or when I took it. She said it wouldn't affect mu results. I told her how many mgs a day I took as well. So just a few days ago she decided to let me know that this oral swab taken on November 19th just now failed for suboxone. She said it showed a HIGHER THEN THERAPEUTIC LEVEL. She also refused to give me a copy of it. I had to have my attorney file a motion of discovery to get a copy of it. Has anyone else ever experienced this or have LEGITIMATE information about how that's evn possible. Like I said I'm in this program for the right reason, I take my subs how prescribed and follow my doctors advice to the extreme. I'm serious about living a better life and being a better mother but I've always felt this woman has something against me....and that's not just me being paranoid, trust me. Anyway, ANY info would be great. I would love to.blow this hateful, volatile woman's theory out of the water and get her out of our lives for good. Thanks in advance guys, Ash :)

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Ash Says:
 
Well I see no one said anything back, but if anyone happens upon this I found out my answer.

I took the drug screen results to my physician Saturday and had him look them over. FYI people if you take suboxone and you are ordered a drug test DO NOT by any means take an oral one. Blood and urine, even hair is the only accurate way to measure the levels in your system. My caseworker knew nothing of suboxone and misinformed me by saying that the fact that I took subs before going in and she stuck her little swab right where I take my subs didn't matter. Funny thing because my doctor stated she must be a moron and is having the medical director of the clinic I go to write a complaint to the director of her agency and herself. Yay for us.
It actually showed me testing 82x higher....uhhh....I don't think you need to be a genius to know that I wouldn't be sitting here typing this right now if that was the case. Now this beeeyatch can give me the apology I deserve :)

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Kmh Says:
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So I took a suboxone about 5pm today and i have to take a mouth swab test for children services tomorrow morning at 11am if I don't take any sub until after the test will it show up or will it come up as anything else on the test ? Or should I pass it ?

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Ash Says:
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Do you have a prescription for it? If you do it shouldn't matter to them when you take it. If not, most places have to specifically request it, costing the state more. But now some courts have incorporated it in their standard testing. Have you done a swab for them before? Do you take tablets or films?

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boo8977 Says:
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Today is thursday...I have an oral swab test on monday morning....what are ur thoughts on this....I took a strip thursday morning...its a drug test for employment...you think I am ok?

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Ash Says:
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Most employers don't test for suboxone. I work for a fortune 500 co, and they don't test for it. You SHOULD be ok. It WILL NOT give a positive for opiates neither, anyone who states this is ill advised.

Some courts include bupe in their panel testing now. But usually foremployers they would have specifically request it which would cost the company more.

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Kmh Says:
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No I don't have a pres for it .. I've been taking it for the past 5 weeks to get off pills .. Which I don't even do a half of a half I do very very little and I take the tablets but yes I took the drug test today at 11am and I had taken a tiny piece of suboxone 19 hours before the drug test .. I thought they would give me the results right there but they sent it off to the lab a lot of people told me they wouldn't test for suboxone but I'm totally freaking out ya I have made some horrible horrible choices and I'm just trying to get my life back on track and I would die if I lost my son .. I can't imagine ever losing him he is the most important thing to me that's why I'm trying to get better but since they sent the mouth swab to the lab do u think it will test for suboxone ? She told me she should have the results back with in 24hrs and would call me

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boo8977 Says:
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Thank you...theres a list of what is tested for....methadone is on there but no bupe....all other regular stuff is on there too....but it does not say anything about any bupe....I should be straight huh

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Ash Says:
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If it didn't say bupe, you should be fine. The lab results shouldn't be for anything other then maybe PCP, X etc. Just harder stuff. I don't think they would test for suboxone. You SHOULD be fine with that. I'm just worried that suboxone usage is coming up more in lab, urine screens. I had never heard of it tested before, unless requested for specifically, until I took a drug screen for a review hearing. I had NEVER SEEN OR HEARD of the option for bupe on an immediate result urine cup. I'd say you're in the clear hun. So they should be calling you tomorrow with the results right? Do you know what lab? Maybe Google the company and see what their pre employment screens consists of??

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boo8977 Says:
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The test isnt until monday morning....took last one bout 5 oclock today....I got 3 days until the test...it says it test for amphetamine. ..methamphetamine. ..cannibas...methadone...prophylene.....pcp....cocaine..opiates...pcp...alcohol...barbituates...benzos...methaqualone....and propoxyphene....thats all it list that it test for.....and I have 3 days until the test to clear out...whats ya think

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boo8977 Says:
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I sent another message but it said it had to be reviewed first....no my test is not until monday I have 3 days to clear up....what u think ash

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tommy Says:
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I took a quarter of a suboxone on Saturday and Sunday. Then I was given a swab test that is ordered to check for suboxone on Tuesday. Will it show up positive for the test

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Ash Says:
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Hey Boo sorry I never got a notification saying you replied back. How did it all go, I'm assuming since it didn't say it tested for it that all was okay??

And Tommy if they sent it off to specifically test for it then yeah it will probably be in your system still, suboxone has a long half life. Let us know what happens, good luck :)

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Ash Says:
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You did a small amount though so it may not even show up, just depends on your diet, weight, fat content, metabolism etc..

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bennysbaby2000 Says:
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I am prescribed suboxone 2 8mg pills a day. I was going to another clinic and they through me out said my benzo levels were to hi I am prescribed kolonopin as well... well anyway I have a swab test this Friday ans do not know why my benzo levels are so hi. If anyone knows what I can do that will make them level would be great? Were I use to go they did urine were I go now do swabs in the mouth. I do the right thing always and I always take my meds as prescribed to me. I want to get better and believe that one day I will be, but I don't understand why my benzo levels have been staying so hi? If anyone knows anything I would much appreciate it.(

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Ash Says:
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Look swabs are the most INACCURATE test on the market. You need to demand they either do a urine, hair and/or blood is the most accurate. But I was prescribed kolonipon as well and I'm sure you know all about this but just in case let me educate lol. Kolonipon is made to taste sweet because it dissolves very fast and is made to dissolve in your mouth, almost like suboxone, in case of a panic attack and you can't wait for the kick in.

Even the ssuboxone is taken orally of course your levels are going to be high. My doctor wrote a letter to the welfare office when they tried this with me and it stated that if they must do oral swabs to test my levels then they need to wait 24 hours since my last dose of anything taken orally. I honestly can't believe your doctor is using this cheap and error proven method. You need to fight this.

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Job Says:
 
I have to take a swab saliva test in 14 hours and I smoked marijuanna last night midnight, I am also on suboxone to fight my opiate addiction. I have been sober for over a year from opiates from taking the suboxone, I just do not have a prescription. Do they regulary test for suboxone and How long does Marijuana stay in saliva?

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Ash Says:
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Marijuana stays in your system for thirty days usually. But everyone is different and it could be longer or shorter. If you don't smoke regularly then you may not be positive at all. It's happened to me before. But anyway oral swabs are faulty and the people administering them are too... usually. But they only test for suboxone when asked with those which is a toss up now. It used to be they had to specifically request a test, which in most cases is still true but my PO actually has an immediate test for a urine sample for subs now. It changes from month to month, we think we're slick, then they catch on. Who are you taking the test for? If you don't mind me asking! Try to eat some gum beforehand and don't take any subs at all until after so it's not picking any up, or like in my case more then you actually took. But if all else fails then deny everything with the fact that the oral swabs are USUALLY WRONG. This isn't just my uneducated opinion neither, ask any physician and they'll say the same. But if it doesn't come out the way you want try to deny, this may or may not work in your favor. They send the swabs off, they're not immediate, I think, they always sent mine off. And it could take a week for results to come back, buying you time to clean out. Or they could just give you a more accurate screen, like urine or hair, which probably wouldn't be in your favor.... Can you start a program at a suboxone center so you can legally take it? That way you won't have to risk it so much. And if all else fails try to be honest, if you trust the person which sometimes they're really not there to help. but if get caught coming true is better. Explain what suboxone is, it doesn't get you high, it's nothing like methadone, and it assists you in staying clean. Explain you're trying to do the right thing but it's hard to get in a suboxone program since theres a patient maximum and the price, without insurance, is outrageous. I paid nearly 700 a month for my appointment and prescription Respond back, let me know who's wanting the test and maybe I can search to see what they test for.

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tommy Says:
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I got my test back and it was negative I was lucky

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Murphy Says:
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Did you do anything to help have a negative? I'm in the same situation, I have taken a small dose of suboxone, and have to take a saliva test within 24-30hrs of last dose. It was also my very first dose... I'm beside myself with worry. I just got set up to start my weaning off opiates.

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Ash Says:
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Whose testing? A sub clinic?

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