Opiates

Poppy seed consumption leading to positive morphine results is another "false positive" issue described by the lay press. From a scientific perspective, however, these are true positive results. Poppy seed paste and seeds are derived from the opium poppy, and detectable levels of codeine and morphine may be found when seeds are analyzed and in urine samples after consumption of poppy seed-containing food (19-12). Many workplace drug testing programs currently utilize a 2000 ng/ml initial immunoassay cutoff for opiates to reduce the frequency of low level opiates potentially attributable to poppy seed consumption. There is ample scientific literature that describes both analytical and interpretive issues that arise that can be reviewed and utilized to clarify this issue if it arises.

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