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The Expanded Panel is also referred to as “Expanded Opiate” testing. It merely means that the most abused synthetic opiates (aka Opioids) are added to a standard 5 or 10 panel drug test.

What are Expanded Opiates?

“Opiates” normally refers to morphine, codeine and 6M-AM, the metabolite of heroin. The word “Opiate” is not really accurate when describing drugs like oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone and hydrocodone. We call them either “expanded opiates,” “extended opiates,”or just lump them together with codeine, morphine and heroin and refer to them as Opioids, as the US DOT did in 2018 when they expanded the federal drug panel.

“Opioid” is a term that also includes the commonly abused synthetic opiates, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone and hydrocodone. More commonly, these drugs are known their trade names: OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®, Dilaudid®, and Exalgo®.

10 Panel Plus Expanded Opiates (our Expanded Panel)

How Do You Conduct an Expanded Panel Drug Test?

To get an Expanded Panel ask for “Expanded Opiates.”

Drugs can be detected in blood, hair, urine and oral fluid. Most employee drug testing is urine, but oral fluid and hair drug testing are on the rise. 

The expanded panel tests for the most commonly abused illegal and prescribed drugs. Valid prescriptons are validated by our MRO. Ordering the Expanded Panel Drug test is the most thorough test for workplace drug testing.

An employer may test an employee for drugs under any of the following circumstances:

Pre-employment drug test:  Passing a drug test is a requirement to begin work.

Random drug test: Statistically random ` is the most effective deterrent to drug use in the workplace.

Post-accident drug test: A failed drug test for Opioids following a workplace accident can invalidate a workers comp claim.

Reasonable Suspicion: If the employee has been behaving abnormally and displaying symptoms of Opioids usage, employers can require a Opioids drug test. 

Consequences for any failed drug test are described in the company’s substance abuse policy.

Employee drug testing is best done through accredited and licensed laboratories that are experts in both onsite and laboratory drug testing.