AU Reliability Advanced Troubleshooting Webinar6-AM and BUP:  New Useful Assays in the Opiate Crisis

6-acetyl Morphine and Buprenorphine Testing: New Useful Assays in the Opiate Crisis

P.A.C.E. Credit*

The opiate crisis has reached epidemic proportions, evidenced by more than 17,000 deaths a year and $504 billion in economic costs in the U.S. alone1. Healthcare providers and laboratories need highly specific tests that accurately detect drugs of abuse in patient-care, employment and athletic and prescription drug monitoring settings.

In this webinar, Dr. Mary Mayo discusses two highly sensitive assays—the Syva® EMIT® II Plus 6-Acetylmorphine (6-AM) and Buprenorphine (BUP)—that expand available options for drugs-of-abuse testing.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to describe the:

  • Differences in opioid drugs
  • Magnitude of the opioid epidemic
  • Reasons to use specific drug tests related to opioids
  • Performance characteristics of the Syva EMIT II Plus 6-AM and BUP assays


Presenter: Mary Mayo, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Mayo is a medical affairs manager with Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, with more than 25 years’ experience in the clinical laboratory. This includes twelve years as a laboratory director, nine years as director of clinical chemistry at a tertiary-care academic hospital and three years as the laboratory director of a commercial laboratory. Dr. Mayo holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hope College, Holland, MI, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry and is board certified as a bioanalyst clinical laboratory director by the American Board of Bioanalysis. After living all over the world as a military spouse, Dr. Mayo resides in Nashville, TN.

1CDC. “Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments." Accessed 6 Mar 2018.

*Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.