How Long Do Opiates Stay In Your System?

Opiates are a group of drugs derived from the opium poppy plant. A number of opiates serve as a significant drug in the medical community because of their sedative and painkilling qualities. However, these drugs contain highly addictive properties. Even those people who are given a legal prescription have a higher risk of abusing the drugs.

 According to the report in 2012 of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 26.4 up to 36 million people abuse opiates worldwide.

 Q: How long opiates stay in the system?

 A: The length of time of any prescribed or illegal drugs stay in the system varies.

 One characteristic of opiates is that they have short half-lives. This means that the drug can leave the system rapidly but their effects can last for at least several hours.

 Confirming opiates using drug test depends on several factors, including the type of ingestion or intake of the drug. For example, prescription opiates usually come in pill form. Taking an opiate orally can take an hour to experience its effect since it needs to go through the digestive system first. Unlike other substances such as heroin which are smoked, snorted or injected, which creates more potent high, they exit the body sooner.

 Other major considerations to take are the frequency of use, the quantity of the drug, and the duration of the drug intake before the drug test. Also, the quality of the drug (potency) can make a big difference on a drug test.

In general opiate, detection depends on the physiological makeup. Several factors can also affect how quickly opiates leave the system, these includes:

  •  The person’s metabolism rate
  • Physical weight (Body mass)
  • Physical height,
  • Amount of body fat (Body fat content)
  • the current state of health (status of the liver and kidneys )
  • Age
  • How often and how heavy opiate use is
  • Quality of the drug (potency)
  • Amount of water in the body
  • Engagement in physical activities

(Whether the person exercise regularly, mildly or not at all)

  • state of mind (degree of stress)


Q: Why do people test for opiates? And how do people test positive for opiates?

A: People take action for an opiate drug test for various reasons. These are:

  •  After an accident (usually done in a medical facility)
  • Pre-employment purposes
  • Random workplace testing to check for quality workplace
  • To allow you to return to work after rehabilitation

Opiate detection may be tested in:

  • urine
  • blood
  • saliva
  • hair

 Furthermore, the type of opiate also affects the result of a drug test. The most widespread used opiates are codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, and morphine.

 Codeine is one of the fastest opiates to pass out in the system. Detection of the drug after the last intake includes:

  • Saliva test – 1 to 4 days
  • Blood test – within 24 hour
  • Urine test – 24 to 28 hours
  • Hair follicle test – up to 90 days

 Heroin has a very short half-life; detection of the drug usually lasts:

  • Saliva test – first 5 hours from the last intake
  • Blood test – an average of 6 hours
  • Urine test – 2 to 7 days
  • Hair follicle test – up to 90 days

 Hydrocodone leaves the system faster, detection may last for:

  • Saliva test – 12 to 16 hours
  • Urine test – 2 to 4 days
  • Hair follicle test – up to 90 days

 Morphine tends to stay longer in the system, detection may last for:

  • Saliva test – up to 4 days
  • Blood test – first 12 hours
  • Urine test – 1 to 3 days
  • Hair follicle test – up to 90 days

Data for the detection of these opiates are all in averages. Opiates build up in fatty tissues in the body after prolonged excessive usage. The approximate detection time can go beyond these data if the person takes opiates heavily for a long-term period.

 Q: What treatments are available for opiate abuse?

A: There are several effective treatments for an opiate abuse. These include:

 Behavioral Therapies

  • helps increase the coping capabilities of the user to deal with their everyday stressors
  • May include a contingency program of a reward system. These may involve giving gifts, vouchers, items in exchange for a negative drug test

 Detoxification and Rehabilitation

  • Detoxification for opiates will flush the drug out of the system. A first step to getting rid of the drug in preparation for the rehabilitation process.  In this process, withdrawal symptoms are common.
  • A rehabilitation facility can help the user to combat their addiction in the long term.
  • Experts in the health care facility can guide the user to fight their addiction once the rehab program ends.
  • Research shows that people who undergo rehab process of at least three months successfully reduced their drug dependency or they completely recovered from the addiction.
  • The best proven treatment for users is the long-term therapeutic program. In this program, users will receive treatment under a 24/7 medical care for 6 to 12 months period.

  Medication-assisted therapy

  • Some illicit drug does not produce euphoria and withdrawing and users can withdraw from these drugs safely.
  • Medical practitioners can safely guide the user to subdue the addiction using specific prescription drugs.

 Common Drugs


Drug Name Street Names/


Approximate Duration of Stay in the System
Alcohol Beer, Booze, Hooch, Liquor, Wine 1 hour, up to 10-12 hours
Amphetamines Biphetamine, Black Beauties, Crosses, Dexedrine, Hearts 1 to 2 Days
Anabolic Steroids Juice, Nandrolene, Roids, Stanazolol Oral 3 Weeks, Injected 3 to 6 Months
Benzodiazepines Librium, Rohypnol, Roofies, Tranks, Valium, Xanax Usually 2-3 Days, Some 4-8 Days
Cocaine Candy, Coke, Crack, Flake, Rocks, Snow, Whitecoat 1 to 2 Days
Codeine Robitussin A-C, Tylenol w/codeine, 1 to 2 Days
GHB G, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid X 1 to 2 Days
Inhalants not available Few Hours
Ketamine K, Kit Kat, Special K, Vitamin K 2 to 4 Days
LSD Acid, Blotter, Microdot, Yellow Sunshine A Few Hours to 5 Days
Marijuana Pot, Weed, Blunt, Bud, Grass, Herb, MJ, reefer 2 to 5 days
Methadone ‘Done 1 to 7 Days
Methamphetamines Crank, Crystal, Desoxyn, Glass, Ice, Speed 2 to 4 Days
Methaqualone Ludes, Quaaludes 10-15 Days
MDMA Ecstasy,Molly, E 1 to 5 Days
Nicotine Cigarettes, Cigars, Tobacco, Nicotine Gum, Patch 1 to 2 Days
Opiates Heroin, Opium: China, Dreams, Laudanum 1 to 2 Days
Oxycodone OxyContin, Percolone, Roxicodone 1 to 2 Days
PCP Angel Dust, Boat, Hog, Love Boat 1-8 Days



NOTE:Duration can vary depending on tolerant  to the drugs you are as well as body weight,metabolism etc..



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