Heroin (6-AM) Blood Drug Test

6-acetylmorphine, Dope, Smack


Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Heroin (6-AM) Blood Drug Test

This test looks for the presence of 6-acetylmorphine in a blood sample.  6-acetylmorphine is a metabolite of Heroin.  Shortly after use, the body metabolizes heroin into 6-AM.  As time passes, 6-AM will be further metabolized into morphine and to a lesser extent, codeine.  Most standard drug tests look for opiates but not for 6-AM specifically.  Morphine and Codeine are the most commonly tested opiates but these can be found in a number of prescription pain killers in addition to illicit substances.   The presence of 6-AM is specific to heroin use since no other substance has been shown to leave this particular metabolite in the system.  6-AM is typically eliminated from the body quickly and thus has a short detection period in blood.  In most cases, 6-Am will only be detectable in blood 3-6 hours after use but may sometime be detectable for longer.  Factors such as height, weight, metabolism, dosage, and whether a person is a one-time or chronic user can all affect the detection period.

Heroin is an opioid derived from morphine.  It is abused for the euphoric rush it creates.  Heroin is highly addictive and can result in a variety of health problems including insomnia, diarrhea, uncontrolled movements, pain in the bones or muscles, liver and kidney disease, lung disease, sexual dysfunction, depression, and other personality disorders.  Fatal heroin overdoses are common.  Withdrawal from heroin dependence can be painful and cause severe illness.

Blood testing for 6-acetylmorphine is typically ordered when someone is suspected of having used heroin recently.  This type of test may be ordered post-accident or if someone shows signs of being under the influence.  Results can help distinguish the use of heroin from other opiates.  A Urine Heroin Test which has a somewhat longer detection period is also available.

Turnaround for this test is typically 10-14 business days.

At this time, Request A Test does not offer DOT (Department of Transportation) certified testing.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

Please note that not all lab locations are able to perform the collections for drug testing.  When placing a testing order online you will only be able to select from lab locations which are able to perform this type of testing.

This test is intended to screen for drugs of abuse and is not appropriate for pain management or therapeutic monitoring.  Customers who require pain management testing should consult their prescribing physician.

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Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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