A poppy seed encrusted bagel was enough to cause one mom to fail a drug test and be separated from her newborn after giving birth.

But Elizabeth Dominguez, from New York, told WKBW she doesn’t know how opiates showed up on a urine toxicology test.

Dominguez recalled telling her husband, “How is this possible? I don’t do drugs?”

Yet the woman failed the drug test when she went into labor.

Dominguez was separated from her child at birth because she ate a bagel. Poppy seeds have been linked with the opioid plant.

Dr. Michelle Rainka, a Clinical Pharmacist at DENT, told the outlet, consuming large amounts of the ingredient found in bagels can cause a person to test positive for those drugs.

She said:

“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.”

According to one medical report, opiate concentrations followed the ingestion of poppy seed in some cases. This isn’t the first time a mother has experienced something like this.


Elizabeth Eden, from Baltimore, told WBAL she was shocked while she was in labor and having contractions when a doctor told her she had tested positive for the same drug.

Dominguez went through a similar situation.

She delivered baby Carter Dominguez that day but the hospital staff was forced to call Child Protective Services because of the protocol.


After the mother was discharged the positive test and report to state officials resulted in Carter having to stay in the hospital. He was separated from mom less than 24 hours after birth.

Dominguez said:

“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.”

Days later reports showed Elizabeth indeed had a false positive test because she ate a poppy seed bagel in a sub before giving birth.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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