Bagel causes pregnant mother to test positive for opiates

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I was sitting in the bed.

A woman in the United States tested positive for opiates while giving birth to her daughter in April because she'd eaten a poppy seed bagel for breakfast. She tested positive in her drug test and what followed next over the next few months were nothing but traumatising.

But, citing a letter in which Eden advises the hospital educate expectant moms about the risks, the doctor adds, "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".

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Poppy seeds come from the opium poppy plant - the same one that forms the basis of opioid drugs, including morphine, codeine, Oxycontin and heroin.

After her positive test, Eden was assigned a caseworker, and her newborn daughter had to stay in the hospital without Eden for five days, WBAL reported.

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. They alleged that Jameson Hospital in New Castle, Pennsylvania, had used a threshold that was significantly lower than what the federal government requires for workplace drug testing, and also had failed to ask the woman whether she had eaten anything that might have affected the test results.

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

It is possible to test positive for opiates, or morphine, because you consumed poppy seeds, said Dr. Lewis Nelson, chairman of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who was not involved with the case.

Before the guidelines were updated in 1998, individuals whose urine tests showed morphine concentrations of over 300 nanograms per millilitre were considered to have tested positive for opiates. And most recently, a U.S. jail guard was sacked from his job after he tested positive in a drug test. "And I ate a poppy seed bagel this morning for breakfast, ' and she said, 'No, you've been reported to the state, '" Eden told the news station. Dr Judith Rossiter-Pratt, the chief of the department of OBGYN at the hospital explained that they keep it to 300 since some drug users might test negative otherwise.

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