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

Poppy Seed Drug Test: Woman in Labor Gets a False Positive
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By    |   Wednesday, 08 August 2018 06:17 PM

A Maryland woman learned the hard way that eating poppy seeds can cause a false positive on a drug test.

Elizabeth Eden enjoyed a poppy seed bagel before going into labor April 4 and heading to St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Marlyand, for delivery.

“I was in labor. I was sitting in the bed. I was having contractions. I was on a Pitocin drip. And the doctor came in and said, ‘You’ve tested positive for opiates,'” Eden told WBAL 11TV.

She recalled learning in a school health class that poppy seeds, which are derived from opium poppies, can create a false positive for opiates because they may contain trace amounts of morphine, but not enough to get a person high.

Eden told the hospital employees she’d consumed the poppy seed bagel that morning, but they reportedly refused to retest and instead reported her name to state authorities.

“It was traumatizing,” Eden told the news station.

Accordingly, health officials believed her newborn daughter, Beatrice, was at risk, and required the infant to remain in the hospital for five days under observation, WBAL reported.

“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. “Opium is the milky substance that is extracted along with the poppy seeds from the seed pod of the opium poppy after all the petals have fallen off.”

“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.

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

“We don’t typically educate patients, and it’s a really good point that people probably should know that if you use poppy seeds before you have a toxicology screen that it could result in a false positive test,” Rossiter-Pratt explained.

Eventually the situation was resolved and authorities closed Eden’s case.

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