Baby soaps and shampoos trigger positive marijuana tests
Commonly used baby soaps and shampoos, including products from Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS, can trigger a positive result on newborns’ marijuana screening tests, according to a recent study. A minute amount of the cleansing products in a urine sample — just 0.1 milliliters or less — was found to cause a positive result.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, began studying the issue after an unusually high number of newborns in their nursery began testing positive for marijuana exposure. Newborn screening for marijuana at hospitals, particularly among babies of women who are considered at high risk of drug use, is not uncommon: at U.N.C. Chapel Hill, 10% to 40% of newborns are tested.
Positive results can precipitate an investigation by child welfare authorities. “We really did this to help protect families from being falsely accused,” study co-author Dr. Carl Seashore, a pediatrician in the U.N.C. Chapel Hill newborn nursery, told My Health News Daily.
This article goes on to talk about the laws that take newborns away from their parents and also string the parents up for child abuse if drugs are found in the newborn’s system. Those laws are all a result of the 80s/90s paranoia over crack babies. Remember when they told us that all these black women smoking crack while expecting would lead to the next generation being either massively retarded and/or hyper-predatory criminals? As it turns out, crack babies have problems, but almost all of their problems aren’t the result of their mothers smoking crack, they’re the result of having the DNA of the kind of people that smoke crack.