Mom tests positive for opiates after eating poppy seed bagel

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TOWSON, MD (AP/WCMH) — A Maryland woman has discovered that eating a poppy seed bagel before giving birth carries serious consequences.

Elizabeth Eden told WBAL-TV in Baltimore she was in labor in April when a doctor told her she had tested positive for opiates and she had been reported to the state.

I was in labor. I was sitting in the bed. I was having contractions on a Pitocin drip and the doctor came in and said I tested positive for opiates,” said Eden.

She said she never imagined she would test positive for opiates when she delivered her daughter, Beatrice. The test result meant baby Beatrice had to stay in the hospital for five days while her mother was assigned a caseworker.

Eden said she had learned in a school health class that eating poppy seeds could cause a false positive.

 “I said well can you test me again. And I ate a poppy seed bagel for breakfast and she said no, you’ve been reported to the state,” said Eden.

After acknowledging the bagel defense was legitimate, the caseworker closed Eden’s file.

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment writes that until food manufacturers reduce morphine levels in poppy seeds, it advises against excessive consumption, particularly during pregnancy.

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