CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

October 18, 2010

Can Poppy Seed Ingestion Affect Drug Tests?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

CAN POPPY SEED INGESTION AFFECT DRUG TESTS?

     Is it possible for poppy seed ingestion to cause a positive drug test?

     The question arose when I read the news stories about the Elizabeth Mort’s three-day old baby being removed from her home because Mort had a positive drug test she attributed to eating poppy seeds. The baby was removed by Children and Youth Services in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

     After reading the stories, I did what I always do—went to the Internet, being cautious what sites I looked at. Even with this caution, I found little of what I consider authentic material, from respected medical resources.

     Snopes.com reported several cases.

  • In 1990, a St. Louis police officer was suspended after his drug test was positive for morphine. He was reinstated with (more…)
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