Mother Separated From Newborn After Failing Drug Test Over Poppy Seed Bagel
Elizabeth Dominguez, of Town of Tonawanda, New York, was temporarily separated from her newborn after failing a drug test, stemming from a poppy seed bagel, reports WKBW.
Additionally, Dominguez shares, “I did a urine test and it came back that I tested positive for opiates. I called my husband freaking out saying ‘how is this possible,’ I don’t do drugs. [He asked what I ate that day,] I told him a bagel and a sub. That’s all I had. He told me it must be from the bagel.”
In addition, Dr. Michelle Rainka, a Clinical Pharmacist at DENT explains, “In some cases eating a large amount of poppyseed such as the kind found in a bagel has been shown to produce low levels of morphine and codeine in the urine. Potentially those seeds have not been washed and can contain that. Anywhere from one to three bagels with poppyseeds can produce positive tests on a urine toxicology.”
While Dominguez’s son, Carter, tested negative for opiates, the hospital called Child Protective Services and monitored him for withdrawal since his mother’s test came back positive; this per protocol.
Dominguez adds, “I felt absolutely horrible. I felt like a terrible mother leaving him. I just want everyone to know that this could happen. It’s such a terrible thing and I don’t want it to happen to anyone.”