OpiAlert is a surface sampling kit used by U.S. customs officials, police and first responders to accurately detect opioid drug residue. It can identify up to 22 compounds on a surface (including 21 opioids) and quantify the suspected contamination. Surfaces can also be re-sampled after decontamination efforts to determine the effectiveness of remediation procedures.

Why Conduct Opioid Testing Using OpiAlert?

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, 2-3 milligrams of fentanyl is enough to cause respiratory depression, arrest and possible death – a measurement equivalent to 5-7 grains of table salt. This poses a significant health risk to first responders, including law enforcement, emergency medical technicians, and crime lab analysts who could be potentially exposed to opioids while on the job. An important step in mitigating this risk is to identify and accurately measure opioid drug residue on the surfaces they interacted with.

What Does The OpiAlert Kit Include?

The easy-to-use kit, proprietary to Bureau Veritas, includes everything you need to collect viable samples from multiple surfaces: swabs, vials, templates, wetting agent, gloves and an ice pack to maintain sample integrity during shipping and storage. After collecting samples from typical workplace surfaces, the swabs must be shipped to our AIHA LAP, LLC accredited laboratory for analysis, with results available typically within 7 business days.

What Are Typical Areas That Are Sampled Using OpiAlert?

Potential Opioid Contaminated Surfaces

Which Opioids Can Be Analyzed Using OpiAlert?

A single swab can detect up to 22 compounds, including 21 opioid drugs:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Carfentanil
  • Cis-3-methylfentanyl
  • Cocaine
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Meperidine
  • Methadone
  • Methamphetamine
  • Morphine
  • Naloxone
  • Naltrexone
  • Norfentanyl
  • Noroxymorphone
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Remifentanil
  • Sufentanil
  • Tramadol

As each kit includes 10 vials and swabs, you can detect a combination of up to 220 compounds across multiple surfaces using just one kit. With a detection limit of only 1 ng/sample, OpiAlert also offers superior analytical sensitivity and specificity compared to similar products.

To utilize the OpiAlert product, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Determine the number of locations and compounds for sampling.  Click here for analysis pricing information.

Step 2: Purchase the OpiAlert kit by clicking on the Order Now button below.  The cost of the kit covers shipping and supplies needed.

Step 3: Once the kit is received, place the ice pack in the freezer and sample the locations using the provided wetting solvent and media.

Step 4: Pack up the samples, ice pack and Chain of Custody and send the cooler back to the lab using the prepaid shipping label.

Want to test for compounds that are not on the list? No problem. We have analytical methods available to test for 1000+ compounds individually, although some restrictions may apply. Please refer to our Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule for more information.

Download our instructions on how to sample.

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