Maryland mom tested positive for opiates after eating bagel

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 9, 2018

"I was in labor. I was on a Pitocin drip, and the doctor came in and said, 'You've tested positive for opiates, '" Eden described to WBAL-TV.

Eden had learned in a health class that eating poppy seeds could cause a false positive, and her test meant her daughter had to stay in the hospital for five days.

Elizabeth Eden never imagined she'd test positive for opiates when she delivered baby Beatrice last spring.

A mother who ate a poppy seed bagel before going into labor wound up testing positive for opiates - and nearly losing her newborn baby in the process. "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. "I said, 'Well, can you test me again?" According to emergency room physician Jedidiah Ballard, poppy seeds are extracted from the poppy plant, from which heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids are derived.

- Many remember when the 90s hit show "Seinfeld" made light of "the poppy seed defense", the claim that when you eat poppy seeds, a drug test can come back positive. Eden's case was fortunately resolved, but she told WVTN 13 of the experience, "It was traumatizing".

It doesn't take much to test positive for drugs after eating a poppy seed bagel.

Therefore, it's possible for people to have a false positive test for the drug after consuming poppy seed-covered pasteries.

Eventually, after Eden explained the situation, the case worker closed the case.

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