Oxycontin Detection Rates:
How Long Does It Stay in the Body?


Oxycodone is a powerful narcotic used to help relieve the suffering of cancer and arthritis patients as well as those suffering from a host of other ailments that produce intense and/or chronic pain. Oxycontin is one of many brand names under which oxycodone is sold in the US. (Others include Dazidox and Oxyfast.) Oxycontin is known on the street by a variety of names including:

  • Oxy
  • OCs
  • Cotton
  • Beans
  • Killers
  • Ox
  • Orange County
  • Hillbilly Heroin
  • 40 or 80 (referring to pill size)
  • Blues

Many public health officials cite the immense popularity of Oxycontin as the driving force behind last year’s declaration of a national opioid crisis with millions of prescriptions written for legitimate purposes and many millions more tabs sold on the street to satisfy a seemingly insatiable demand.

History of Oxycontin

As is the case with many other pharmaceutical mainstays of our day, oxycodone was first produced in Germany near the beginning of the 20th century. It was created in part as a response to Bayer ending production of heroin. It was hoped the new drug would have the same analgesic effects without heroin's tendency to create addicts. Instead, it merely created an entirely new class of addicts. For much of its existence, Oxycontin was an imported drug which had the effect of significantly limiting supply. That changed however in the mid-90s when Purdue Pharmaceuticals obtained a license to produce the drug in the US. Almost immediately the number of oxy users exploded, and the drug found its way to the street in alarming quantities. One source of the street traffic in oxy was patients selling off Oxycontin pills they obtained through legitimate prescriptions.


Purdue Gets Called Out

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More than a few public health officials took notice of the fact that as soon as Purdue began to produce Oxycontin in the US, the number of people using the drug went through the roof. In 2007 the company was hauled into court to defend itself against claims that it was purposely overmarketing the drug and encouraging patients to request larger prescriptions than they needed.

The lawsuit cited a marketing blitz launched by the company that included promoting the drug on t-shirts, umbrellas, caps and other items. The company was ordered to pay substantial fines and scale back their marketing efforts although the penalties have had little if any effect on the popularity of the drug.

Does Oxycontin Show Up on a Drug Test?

That depends. If your company uses a standard 5-panel test, they'll be looking for opiates like morphine and not opioids like Oxycontin. However, there are two things you need to keep in mind:

  • First, opioids are known to sometimes trigger a positive reaction for opiates on these tests, and if that happens to you, you're going to have to scramble to explain why.
  • Second, following the declaration of a national opioid crisis last year an increasing number of companies have begun using more comprehensive 10 and 12-panel tests that screen specifically for oxycodone. And many companies are switching to the more comprehensive tests without notifying employees of the change.
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How Long Does Oxycontin Remain in My System?

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For otherwise healthy young individuals without a history of abusing the drug Oxycontin should be eliminated from the system in 4 or 5 days. However, for those engaging in the regular use of the drug that detectability window expands to a week and in some cases to two weeks and more.

Meaning that if you’re notified that you’ll be drug tested within the next few days you have plenty of reason for concern, regardless of what type of test your company uses.

Is There a Way to Flush Oxy From my System?

The only way to eliminate Oxycontin from your system is to wait it out. If you've heard or read otherwise, don't believe it. Miracle cures are no more real than the Easter bunny. You're much better served by trying to find a practical, proven workaround like high-quality synthetic urine, which proves its usefulness thousands of times a day in drug testing facilities throughout the developed world.

I Thought Fake Pee Was an Urban Myth

unconvinced lady

You and a lot of other people. The fact is however that fake pee was invented to meet the needs of companies developing drug testing machines. And it wasn't long before some enterprising chemists realized they could also market it to those in need of a way to circumvent overly-intrusive drug tests.

High-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix 6.2 is chemically identical to human pee and, if properly handled during submission, will fool the testing machine more than 99% of the time.

What do you Mean by “Properly Handled”?

Submitting fake pee in place of your own is not rocket science, but it does require you follow a couple of simple, common sense rules. First, remember the drug testing machine is calibrated to expect the sample to be between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, so use the included heating pad if necessary. Second, make sure you mix the Quick Fix as close to testing time as possible. Otherwise, just like real pee, it will break down chemically and be kicked out by the machine.

What if My Test is Monitored?

There are an increasing number of companies that are expanding to 10 or 12-panel tests and/or placing someone in the sample submission room with you to try and discourage cheating. Having someone in the room may seem like an impossible thing to overcome, but it's not. If you have reason to believe you'll be monitored, it's recommended you use a proven prosthetic delivery device like Monkey Dong if you're a guy or Monkey Whizz if you happen to be a lady. While the product names won't win any awards, the devices themselves have proven their value over and over again. Just practice with it a bit beforehand so that using it becomes second nature.

Drug tests aren’t going away anytime soon. If you feel you’re in danger of failing yours do what countless others have done; ​buy some Quick Fix 6.2 now.

About the Author Anna Miller

Anna is a content writer, blogger, and entrepreneur. When she is not spending time managing and supervising her business, Lindsley's Lumber, Anna creates content for her synthetic urine website. Aside from being an entrepreneur and blogger, she is also a pet lover, loves to cook and maintain her home garden. You can find out more about me here.

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