Maryland mom tests positive for opiates after eating poppy seed bagel

Maryland mom tests positive for opiates after eating poppy seed bagel

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.

Elizabeth Eden, a woman from Maryland, USA, had gone into labour on April 4 this year when a doctor at St Joseph Medical Centre informed her about the positive results of the test.

Professor Atholl Johnston, 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. "And I ate a poppy seed bagel this morning for breakfast, '" Eden told WBAL.

She was forced to stay in hospital for five days, and was assigned a caseworker to check her home.

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St. Joseph Medical Center routinely tests new mothers for opiates to identify possible at-rusk infants, Dr. Judith Rossiter-Pratt told WBAL.

"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. "It's not very common, but it can happen", Nelson told Live Science.

In a 1987 study, five members of a lab baked cookies containing about 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) each of a poppy-seed filling that they bought from the grocery store. The concentration of morphine in their urine was greater than 300 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), which was the minimum cutoff used by the test.

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment writes that until food manufacturers reduce morphine levels in poppy seeds, it advises against excessive consumption, particularly during pregnancy. However, most labs continue to use lower cutoffs, the review said.

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