Can Eating Poppy Seeds Cause A Positive Drug Test?

August 13, 2018

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Twenty years ago we were all watching to Seinfeld when Elaine failed a drug test because she was eating poppy seed bagels and wondering if that was true or an urban legend.

Come to find out, there is truth to it. Recently a woman in labor tested positive for opioids after she had eaten a poppy seed bagel earlier in the day.  There are several types of poppies with only a few of them used in producing legal and illegal narcotics. While the opium poppy (papaver somniferum) is used to create morphine, heroin and other painkillers, others are used in cooking. It's the milk-like substance that's taken out of the seed pod that produces the drug, but sometimes the dried and cleaned seeds that are also inside the seed pod can be contaminated with opium milk, which can mess with a drug test. While there isn't enough of the opium milk to make you feel the effects morphine, the residual opium milk in poppy seeds can linger in your body for 12 to 24 hours, but in some cases it can stay around for two or three days. So it may be a good idea to avoid eating poppy seeds if you are applying for work where a drug test is required. 

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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