How Does a Poppy Seed Bagel Trigger a Positive Drug Test?

Pregnant Mother Eats Poppy Seed Bagel, Gets Separated From Her Baby For Five Days

Pregnant Mother Eats Poppy Seed Bagel, Gets Separated From Her Baby For Five Days

I was sitting in the bed.

For instance, take this mum in Maryland who went into labour after eating a poppy seed bagel for her breakfast and went on to test positive for opiates. While she was having contractions, a doctor came into her hospital room and informed her that she'd tested positive for opiates. She tested positive in her drug test and what followed next over the next few months were nothing but traumatising.

According to the Independent, a professor of clinical pharmacology at Queen Mary University explained that while consuming poppy seeds may increase one's chances of being tested positive for opiates, it's unlikely to have an intoxicating impact. The new mother was shocked, especially when staff members told her she was being reported to the state.

Until she could prove that it was the bagel and not drug use, she was separated from her newborn for five days.

Confused, Eden wasn't sure what would have caused the false positive - but then she recalled the poppy seed bagel she had eaten earlier that day.

Now, she hopes that her case would prompt the hospital to address such concerns or at least warn expectant mothers. The amount of morphine residue on poppy seeds can vary, depending on how they were cleaned and processed, and what country they came from.

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I said, 'Well, can you test me again?

In fact, in 1998, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services changed the federal cutoff level for a positive result from 300 ng/mL to 2,000 ng/mL of morphine in order to avoid false-positive results from eating poppy seeds, according to a 2008 review study.

In January 2016, Eleazar Paz, a New York City jail guard, was suspended from his job after he failed a random urine test that showed he'd tested positive for 522 nanograms per milliliter of morphine and 358 nanograms per milliliter of codeine.

If you think you might be subject of a drug test, maybe skip the breakfast bagel. As a result, poppy seeds can contain traces of morphine.

Officer Paz even had expert testimony from a toxicologist, who testified that the result "could only be explained by eating poppy seed bagels because the quantities of the drugs were. inconsistent with heroin or individual morphine and codeine ingestion".

Department of Corrections officials couldn't immediately be reached to confirm or comment on Paz's firing late Tuesday night, but told the New York Post, "There is no real evidence that a few poppy seeds can make you fail a drug test".

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