Maryland mom tested positive for opiates after eating bagel

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I was sitting in the bed.

Elizabeth said that "it was traumatizing", adding that when she was in a school health class, she learned that if you ate poppy seeds, it could give a false positive. Two hours after eating the cookies, all five people tested positive for opiates. She tested positive in her drug test and what followed next over the next few months were nothing but traumatising.

Whether you get a so-called false-positive drug test from eating poppy seeds depends on a number of things, Nelson said, including how much you ate, the concentration of morphine in the poppy seeds and the cutoff threshold used by a laboratory for a "positive" result.

According to the Independent, 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. According to her account, he refused, and reported her to state officials. Then it dawns on her: was it because of the poppy seed bagel she had for breakfast? As a result, Maryland assigned a case worker to her and required her newborn daughter to spend five extra days at St. Joseph Medical Center.

I said, 'Well, can you test me again? And most recently, a United States jail guard was sacked from his job after he tested positive in a drug test.

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Poppy seeds come from the opium poppy, a plant that produces a milky fluid from which morphine and other opiates are derived.

Concluding that "the most likely source of the positive morphine and codeine test results was the ingestion of poppy seeds and not the use of medications", Judge John B. Spooner issued a report in June recommending that the disciplinary proceedings against Paz be dismissed.

So there's a lesson for us all - if you really want to dine on poppy seed products, probably best to do your scoffing after, rather than before a drug test.

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

There may be hope for bagel enthusiasts: The Washington Post's Maura Judkis reported in June 2017 that a British specialty foods company has developed a low-morphine poppy seed that won't show up on a drug test.

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