Poppy Seed Drug Test: Woman in Labor Gets a False Positive

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According to Eden, hospital employees refused to retest her after she told them about the bagel and also told the new mother she had been reported to state officials. I was sitting in the bed.

Recalling a high school lesson where she learned poppy seeds can cause a false positive on drug tests, she told the doctor there must be a mistake: Her breakfast must have triggered the results.

WBAL explains that poppy seeds are harvested from the opium poppy plant and contain trace amounts of opiates. The woman, Eden was preparing to give birth and was having contractions when the doctor at St Joseph Medical Center informed her that she was tested positive for opiates.

"While poppy seeds don't actually contain morphine, the seeds can become coated by, or absorb, opium extract during harvesting", the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. "And I ate a poppy seed bagel this morning for breakfast, '" Eden told WBAL.

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Whether you get a so-called false-positive drug test from eating poppy seeds depends on a number of things, Nelson said, including how much you ate, the concentration of morphine in the poppy seeds and the cutoff threshold used by a laboratory for a "positive" result.

That meant Eden's daughter, born April 4, was held at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson for five days and a case worker had to visit her home.

"Morphine and codeine can sometimes be detected in the urine up to 48 hours after ingestion of poppy seeds from some pastries, such as bagels, muffins, and cakes", the USDA added. Eventually, after Eden explained the situation, the case worker closed the case.

Therefore, it's possible for people to have a false positive test for the drug after consuming poppy seed-covered pasteries.

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