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Opiates are known for their sedative and painkilling properties. They originated from poppy plant’s seeds and used as far back as ancient Egypt. Today, we have refined them and made synthetic versions known as opioids. Compared to most prescribed drugs, Opiates have a low toxicity level. With that said, Opiates can still be toxic in the long run. In the short run though, how long do they stay in the blood?

Factors That Affect The Duration

The first factor to consider is how the drug is taken. Some are taken in pill form, so it goes into the digestive system. Others are snorted, absorbed through the mucus lining. Then, there’s the direct approach: injecting it directly into the bloodstream. These methods will change the duration and intensity of the effect. There also exist patches, allowing the drug to be absorbed through the skin. The effect lasts for up to 72 hours and can stay in the system for longer.

The second factor is based on the user. Their body mass, weight, and metabolism are the primary ones. Then consider the condition of the liver and kidneys, along with the user’s age. These factors may not affect it significantly, but it could add a day at most.

The final factor is the type of drug. Morphine stays in the body much longer than the rest. Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Codeine come second. Heroin has the shortest duration.

With this considered, opiates will pass through a skinny person faster. People with kidney and liver issues will have a harder time cleansing themselves of the opiates.

Average Duration Per Drug

These values are under the assumption that the user is a healthy average person. Taking the drug intravenously will have the fastest “cleansing” time, while orally or via skin is the slowest. The exact length will depend on the other variables.

  • Morphine –  6-8 hours in the blood
  • Codeine – 8-12 hours in the blood
  • Heroin – 8-12 hours in the blood
  • Hydrocodone – 6-8 hours in the blood
  • Oxycodone – 6-7 hours in the blood
  • Fentanyl – 10-12 hours

These values are also for testing purposes. After the stated hours, simple tests cannot detect them. However, they can still leave artifacts called metabolites. These particles can stay in the blood for up to a week. Thorough blood exams will detect these metabolites and each opiate will leave a certain kind. As for the average times the metabolites stay, there’s no definitive average.

Other Opiate Durations

Apart from the blood, drug tests are often composed of urine and hair tests

  • Morphine –  2-3 days In Urine
  • Codeine – 2-3 days In Urine
  • Heroin – 3-4 days in Urine
  • Hydrocodone – 2-4 days In Urine
  • Oxycodone – 2-4 days In Urine
  • Fentanyl – 2-4 days In Urine

After the body metabolizes opiates or any drugs, it leaves traces in your hair. Traces can last up to ninety days. There’s no proven method to remove them by cleansing. In the case of bald people, they can get a hair-root sample.

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