How Long Does Oxycodone Stay In Your Hair?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D on April 30, 2021

Oxycodone may remain in hair for up to 90 days, which is why hair drug tests may be used to detect the presence of oxycodone in people who struggle with drug abuse.

How Long Can Oxycodone Be Detected In Your Hair?

Oxycodone and oxycodone metabolites can be found in the hair for up to 90 days on average.

The detection of Oxycodone in your hair depends on several factors. Although there may be slight differences from person to person, the timetable remains similar.

Detecting Oxycodone Through A Hair Drug Test

On average, oxycodone can be detected in a person’s hair for up to 90 days after the last use.

Hair samples are typically taken from the scalp but can be collected from other parts of the body such as the armpit if needed. Dying or styling your hair will not affect how long oxycodone can be detected.

Why Use An Oxycodone Hair Drug Test?

Hair drug testing is used for medical screenings, legal or forensic reasons, and sometimes when applying for employment.

Since oxycodone is absorbed into an individual’s blood, it can then pass into their hair follicles. This is why, for many reasons, hair can be tested for oxycodone abuse and other opioid addictions.

Factors That Affect Detecting Oxycodone In The Hair

You might be surprised to learn that there are slight discrepancies when it comes to determining how long oxycodone can stay in an individual’s system.

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The following factors affect just how quickly opiates leave or stay in your system:

  • age
  • purity of the drug
  • body mass
  • amount of water in the body
  • body weight
  • your metabolism rate
  • body fat content
  • how often you partake in the drug
  • health of the kidneys and liver
  • how the drug was ingested
  • last dose taken

Finding Addiction Treatment For Oxycodone

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction or substance use, don’t hesitate to contact our helpline. Whether suffering from Oxycodone addiction or another form of drug abuse, we can help find you the treatment you need.

Call us today to find an opioid detox and rehab center near you.

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