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Exposure to trace amounts of baby soaps and shampoos, commonly stocked in grocery stores and pharmacies across the county, are leading newborn babies to test positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, a new study finds.
A hospital in North Carolina became concerned recently when a high number of its newborns tested positive for marijuana exposure. When researchers began looking into it, they found the culprit was chemicals found in baby soaps, including those manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS brand products.
"We went up to the nursery, followed the nurses and the staff around to identify everything that was done, everything that was essentially touching those babies' skins, could possibly come into contact with the urine that we were subsequently testing," she told ABC News. "We were really surprised when we found it was the soaps were the culprit.
Mixtures of drug-free urine and various commercial products and materials that commonly contact newborns were used in the study, according to the abstract published by the National Center for Biotechnical Information.
The study ultimately found that certain chemicals found in these soaps and shampoos -- including polyquarternium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine -- can trigger the positive THC results.
The researchers said they believe that trace amounts of the chemicals -- 0.1 milliliters or less -- were coming from the soaps, washing off the babies' bodies, and finding their way into the urine samples used for the study.
"[The researchers] do not want to be falsely accusing anybody. They want to correctly identify situations that need additional intervention or social services actions for the protection of the baby," Stabler told the magazine
"This has profound implications," Spangler said in an email to ABC News. "Think about being a mother who knows she has never been exposed to illicit drugs. How does she fight against the supposed 'objective' lab test?" Spangler cited mothers who had been arrested based on tests of their babies, but insisted that they had never smoked marijuana.
Originally posted by Apollo7
reply to post by snarky412
I use these products on people that I take care of. Is this being absorbed into the skin..sort of like contact poison??
Since Sept-2006..I have been drugged by someone 4 times and still have not found out by whom. I had one test ran on me that showed up- The Date Drug..Roofie..I think that is what you call it. I do not do any drugs!! I finally sent my blood work off to the FBI in DC..I never got a response.
Anyway, I will stop using the baby shampoo!
I am in NCedit on 20-6-2012 by Apollo7 because: (no reason given)
they found the culprit was chemicals found in baby soaps, including those manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS brand products.
Products that led to the false positives included Johnson & Johnson's Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-time Baby Bath, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo.
They specifically highlighted the ingredients polyquaternium 11 and cocamidopropyl betaine as “showing strong reactivity” with chemicals in less expensive drug tests, producing the positive result for marijuana. Researchers added that less than 0.1 mililiters of these chemicals in a drug test sample could contaminate the results.
The chemicals are not in any way related to marijuana and both are used in hundreds of products like toothpaste, shampoo, makeup, hair dye and household cleaning agents. In other words, it would not be surprising to find trace amounts of these products in urine, saliva or hair follicles – putting a huge question mark on the validity of less expensive drug tests conducted by employers and law enforcement agencies around the nation.
“The lesson from this study is two-fold,” Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), explained to Raw Story in an email exchange. “One, immunoassay drug test results must always be confirmed. (FYI: Immunoassay tests for a chemical reaction, not the actual drug itself or its metabolite, which is why false positives on these tests are common.) And [two], standard drug tests provide society with very little useful information regarding whether someone actually used a particular substance, when they last used a particular substance, or whether they were impaired at the time they were tested. Only in an environment of criminal drug prohibition can people judged solely on the contents of their urine, rather than on their behavior and performance.”