Challenging the Poppy Seed Defense White Paper

Research by Quest Diagnostics compares the impact of the consumption of raw poppy seeds and poppy rolls in urine and oral fluid drug tests.

The “poppy seed defense” or the claim that ingesting poppy seeds, which contain morphine and codeine,  is the reason for a failed drug test has long been used to challenge test results. Ultimately, what employers want to understand from experts is if eating poppy seeds can produce a positive drug test.

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