New mother tested positive for opiates after eating poppyseed bagel

Maricruz Casares
Agosto 9, 2018

Because of her breakfast choice, Eden's daughter had to stay in the hospital on hold for five days, and Eden was assigned a state case worker for a home check-up.

"I was in labor, I was sitting on the bed".

Ms Eden recalled a school health class, where she had learned poppyseeds can give a false positive on opiate tests.

Eden never imagined she would test positive for opiates when she delivered baby Beatrice last spring. "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. According to emergency room physician Jedidiah Ballard, poppy seeds are extracted from the poppy plant, from which heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids are derived. A positive test at St. Joseph Medical Center is 300 nanograms per milliliter.

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Because poppy seeds have little nutritional value, save for fiber, the doctor recommends that people avoid baked goods that contain them, within a week of drug tests. Eden's case was fortunately resolved, but she told WVTN 13 of the experience, "It was traumatizing".

In a detailed letter to St. Joseph's, Eden detailed her research on poppy seeds and raised her concerns in hopes the hospital would raise its threshold for a positive test, or at least warn expectant mothers.

The case worker closed her file when she heard the explanation. When she asked if she could take the test again, the doctor said no, and that she'd been reported to the state.

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