Baby Soaps And Shampoos Trigger Positive Marijuana Tests


Don’t use your kids’ shampoo, job applicants. Maia Szalavitz reports for via Yahoo News:

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…

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8 Comments on "Baby Soaps And Shampoos Trigger Positive Marijuana Tests"

  1. makes you wonder either whats in them soaps, or how is the test picking up such false positives

    • The tests never actually test for marijuana. They test for known metabolites that are produced by marijuana consumption. Which apparently this soap much mimic somehow.   

  2.  > Newborn screening for marijuana at hospitals, … is not uncommon

    which is why they call that place
    The Land of the Free

  3. children of the ganja. 

  4. If they test me they’ll think: “This guy must wash his hair every five minutes, 24-7.”

  5. MoralDrift | Jun 22, 2012 at 2:25 am |

    drug testing should be banned

  6. Just another reason employees should not be forced to take them! If you like this, and you like blazing, then you will like because its all about glass pipes and smoking cannabis! See you there 😉

  7. 6Blackie6 | Jun 23, 2012 at 5:07 am |

    Everyone knows that young children are the worst drug abusers around!
    Let’s put them all in jail! More money for the prison industry!

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