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Positive Opioid Tests After Eating Poppy Seeds

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  • Drug testing after eating poppy seeds may result in a positive test, creating obstacles to employment and troubles in family life
  • While not enough to cause intoxication, the amount of morphine-like chemical left on the seed will depend on the country in which the seeds are harvested, processed and cleaned
  • Poppy flowers, a symbol of remembrance, may grow as weeds on agricultural land and bloom between mid-June and October; each flower may produce up to 60,000 seeds, which do not form until the flower begins to die
  • Poppy seeds add a nutrient-dense, interesting crunch to your meal and may be used to help treat dandruff, as a topical option for inflammation and moisturizing and to reduce eczema

By Dr. Mercola

Despite a growing opioid and heroin addiction problem in America, some are calling for the dissolution of pre-employment drug testing. Much of the current pre-employment testing was initiated in the 1980s when employers adopted a drug-free workplace policy under strong recommendations from the federal government.


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