Mother in labor tests positive for opium in bagel debacle

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A Maryland woman has discovered that eating a poppy seed bagel before giving birth carries serious consequences. I was sitting in the bed. "And the doctor came in and said, 'You've tested positive for opiates, '" Eden said, via KFDA. But her doctor said the hospital had already reported her to the state.

Turns out, she just ate a poppy seed bagel for breakfast that morning.

Eden described the incident as "traumatizing".

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.

It also meant Eden's daughter had to remain hospitalized for five days while her mom was assigned a case worker. "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".

Eating one teaspoon of poppy seeds can result in levels of 1,200 nanogram per millimeter, but St. Joseph Medical Center considers a positive test to be above 300 nanograms per millimeter, per Time.

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

"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.

Scientific studies have found that it doesn't take much for poppy seed-covered food to trigger a false-positive.

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.

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

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