How Long Does Opium Stay in Your System?

Detection Timetable Depends on Many Variables

Opium Smoker
Opium Smoker. © Getyt Images

Trying to determine exactly how long opium is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including which kind drug test is being used. Opium - also known as Laudanum, Paregoric - can be detected for a shorter time with some tests, but can be "visible" for up to three months in other tests.

The timetable for detecting opium in the system is also dependent upon each individual's metabolism, body mass, age, hydration level, physical activity, health conditions and other factors, making it almost impossible to determine an exact time opium will show up on a drug test.

The following is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which opium can be detected by various testing methods:

How Long Does Opium Stay in the Urine?

Opium can be detected in the urine for 2-4 days

How Long Can Opium Be Detected in Blood?

A blood test can identify Opium for up to 6 hours.

How Long Can a Saliva Test Detect Opium?

A saliva test can detect Opium for up to 1-4 days

How Long Can a Hair Test Detect Opium?

Opium, like like many other drugs, can be detected with a hair follicle drug test for up to 90 days.

Avoid Unpleasant Side-Effects of Opium

Opium is found in the medication Paregoric, which is used to treat diarrhea by decreasing the stomach and intestinal movement in the digestive system. It can have unpleasant side-effects including:


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