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Why Eating A Popular Breakfast Item Could Make You Fail A Drug Test

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Turns out literally everything is out to get you in life these days and that now includes your breakfast.

The news came to light after a woman in Maryland tested positive for opiates when giving birth, only she put the shock test result down to, erm, poppy seeds?


Obviously the whole thing must have been horrible for the woman, according to local news station WBAL the mother was reported to the state by the hospital and her newborn baby had to remain in the hospital for five days due to the drug test.


However the mother’s caseworker closed the matter after “realising it was a legitimate case of the poppy seed defence”.

So what actually went on?

Turns out it is actually possible to test positive for opiates or morphine simply by consuming poppy seeds.

Poppy seeds come from the opium poppy, a plant that produces the from which morphine and other opiates are derived, meaning poppy seeds can contain traces of morphine.

Dr Lewis Nelson chairman of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who was not involved with the case said “It’s not very common, but it can happen,” when speaking to Live Science. 

He added that various factors can contribute to a positive drug test, 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.

In a 1987 study, five members of a lab made cookies containing about 1 teaspoon each of a poppy-seed filling bought from a regular grocery store. Two hours after eating several cookies, all of the lab members tested positive for opiates.

So welcome to 2018, where you can’t even enjoy a simple seeded bagel without the fear of losing your job through a failed drugs test.

As if you needed anything else to worry about.