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Buprenorphine, the active ingredient in buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), is not part of the standard drug screen, so it should not show up on a standard test. For Suboxone to show up on a urine drug screen, someone would have to specifically order “buprenorphine” in addition to the standard drug test. 

If you are concerned about your employer checking for Suboxone and using the test results in negative ways against you, Bicycle Health providers will provide an official letter explaining you have a prescription for buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) without breaking patient confidentiality. This helps reinforce the legal protections you have from employment discrimination. You are not permitted under the law to be fired or penalized for being on Suboxone, so long as it is prescribed by a doctor

Medically Reviewed By Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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