Maryland mom tested positive for opiates after eating bagel

Courtesy CNN  WBAL

Courtesy CNN WBAL

Eden told the network she was coping with contractions as she delivered her baby on April 4 a year ago, when a doctor alerted her opioids had been found in her blood. I was sitting in the bed.

A Maryland woman has learned that eating a poppy seed bagel before giving birth has consequences.

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 added.

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.

"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.

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Due to these traces, consumption of poppy can sometimes lead to a false positive. Dr. Judith Rossiter-Pratt said the hospital uses the test to catch possible drug abusers who may endanger their babies. "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".

"If you eat a poppy seed roll, it could give rise to a positive result on a urine drug test for morphine", Professor Johnston told the BBC.

The test result meant Eden's daughter had to stay in the hospital for five days while her mother was assigned a caseworker.

Luckily for the new mother, officials realized that this was a legitimate case of the poppy seed defense and closed her case.

Drugs such as cold medications, some classes of antidepressants can meanwhile set off false positive test results for amphetamines, while certain antibiotics can set off opioid tests.

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