Poppy seed bagel leads to ‘traumatizing’ drug test result for expectant mom

Elaine Benes could get behind this: A new mom is asking a Maryland hospital to revamp its approach to drug tests for expectant moms after her poppy seed bagel breakfast resulted in a false positive for opiates. I was sitting in the bed. Eden was in labor when her doctor told her she had tested positive for opiates.

She was reported to the state and her newborn daughter was kept at the hospital for five days which she was monitored.

Ms Eden told local news station WVTM 13 that she suspected her poppy seed bagel may have been to blame for the positive opiate test results.

Eden said she heard how poppy seeds can create a false reading on a drug test in school health class, but didn't expect to hear she failed a test on the day she was giving birth.

Arefa Cassoobhoy, medical editor at WebMD, explained to Mic.com: "The poppy seeds don't have the drug in them, but both poppy seeds and opium come from the same seed pod, so depending on processing, the poppy seeds might have residue on them that could trigger a positive drug test".

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The positive test and report to state officials resulted in Eden's daughter having to stay in the hospital for five days while Eden was assigned a state case worker to examine her situation.

For years, experts have confirmed that poppy seeds can register as opiates in urine samples, as long as they were eaten within 48 hours of the test.

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

And once she explained that, the case was closed.

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.

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