The only issue with oral swabs I'm aware of (why my program stopped using them completely, for example) is that the swabs detect the presence of methadone but NOT the methadone metabolites....
The swabs that my clinic use do test for the presence of metabolites, as like you say people were just rubbing methadone round their gums before the test!!
Just confused about the "24 hour window" that the counsellor was wittering on about. As we all know, methadone stays in the system much longer than 24 hours, so I am confused as to what she's talking about and wondered if anyone had encountered anything like this before.
Or, like I suspect, it's clinic BS to cover up incompetence!!
@savalast - I could not believe this woman was literally timing me with a stop watch to see how long I was in the bathroom peeing into the sample cup. I mean, what the heck did she think I was doing in there?!
All my drug screens are always as they should be (negative for everything except methadone), so she has no reason to be suspicious of me. However, she is to me, a new counsellor, as my wonderful counsellor finally had enough of the clinic BS and left for pastures greener, so perhaps she thinks she can "catch me out".
How she can catch me out when I'm not doing anything wrong, I do not know, but I think it's quite funny that all her little traps and ruses will fall flat as I follow all the rules and am a "model" patient.
Quite annoying though that this new counsellor/patient relationship has started off on a basis of mistrust. Her mistrusting me, and me now mistrusting her as I think she's trying to trip me up.
I'll give her a few more appointments, and if she doesn't stop this shit, I will just change counsellor, and make it clear as day exactly why I am asking for a change. I don't want her doing this to other people, it just doesn't build the therapeutic relationship that you need with a counsellor when they act like this.
All our sample cups have temp strips on the side, and the counsellors/nurses wear gloves when handling the "pee jars"!!
I once gave a very genuine sample, and was told that it was the "wrong" temperature. I didn't know what to say!! I said, well I've just been in your bathroom, pee'd in the jar, come out and handed it to you, it's not my fault if it's the "wrong" temp.
I did another one, (observed) and the temp was wrong again. Turned out the temp strips were faulty and they were saying everyone's pee was the wrong temp. Typical ineptitude that we must face on a daily basis.