R 281906Z APR 23 MID600052988941U
FM SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
CNO WASHINGTON DC
CMC WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/-/APR//
SUBJ/WARNING TO AVOID INGESTION OF POPPY SEEDS//
REF/B/USD-PR MEMORANDUM "WARNING REGARDING POPPY SEED CONSUMPTION AND
MILITARY DRUG TESTING"/17FEB23//
NARR/REF A IS SECNAVINST 5300.28F MILITARY SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND
CONTROL. REF B IS OFFICE OF UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PERSONNEL AND
READINESS MEMORANDUM ENTITLED "WARNING REGARDING POPPY SEED CONSUMPTION AND
MILITARY DRUG TESTING."//
RMKS/1. The Department of the Navy (DON) is committed to deterring the
illicit use of drugs and misuse of prescription medications. Consequently,
all Sailors and Marines are subject to random, frequent urinalysis testing in
accordance with reference (a). Additionally, the DON remains vigilant in
identifying products and sources that can adversely impact the drug testing
2. Poppy seeds may be contaminated with morphine and codeine during the
harvesting process. Accordingly, the Department of Defense utilizes drug
testing cutoff concentrations to distinguish codeine and morphine use from
poppy seed ingestion.
3. Reference (b) highlights recent data indicating that certain varieties of
poppy seeds may have higher codeine contamination than previously
reported. Consumption of poppy seed products could cause a positive codeine
urinalysis result and undermine the DON's ability to identify illicit codeine
4. To protect Service Members and preserve the integrity of the drug testing
program, it is necessary to issue a non-punitive warning to avoid consumption
of poppy seeds. This policy may be revised as additional information becomes
5. Effective immediately:
a. Sailors and Marines are warned to avoid consumption of poppy seeds as
well as food products and baked goods containing poppy seeds, poppy seed
paste, or poppy seed oil. Ingestion of certain poppy seeds may result in a
positive urinalysis that will, at a minimum, trigger administrative actions
to adjudicate the positive result.
b. Sailors and Marines are directed to coordinate with their local
Defense Services Office for any related concerns with urinalysis results.
6. The primary point of contact for this message is the Assistant Secretary
of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Drug Demand Reduction Program.
a. For Marine Corps commands: Ms. Carrie Knox, e-mail at carrie.knox
@usmc.mil or (703) 432-1359.
b. For Navy commands: Ms. LaNorfeia Parker, e-mail at
email@example.com or (901) 874-4249.
7. This ALNAV is effective immediately until superseded or cancelled,
whichever comes first.
8. Released by the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy.//