False drug test almost costs a mom her children

False drug test almost costs a mom her children


IS A SYSTEM MEANT TO PROTECT NEWBORNS FROM DRUG ABUSE – HURTING FAMILIES?THE NINE ON YOUR SIDE I-TEAM STARTED LOOKING INTO IT WHEN A NORTHERN KENTUCKY MOM FILED A FEDERAL LAWSUIT – SAYING A HOSPITAL VIOLATED HER RIGHTS IN THE DELIVERY ROOM. ROOM.INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER HILLARY LAKE— LOOKS AT THAT PROGRAM AND EXPLAINS WHY THAT MOM IS SO CONCERNED. BONG(NATS OF MOM AND BABY) BABY) You kind of take it for granted, you know, the everyday stuff that you get to do.” HOLLY SCHULKERS SAYS HER DAUGHTER’S THE JOY OF HER DAUGHTER’S BIRTH IN FEBRUARY WAS OVERSHADOWED BY DREAD WHEN A HOSPITAL WORKER TOLD HER THE RESULTS OF A PRENATAL DRUG TEST. “She said that I tested positive and we told her there had to have been a mistake that there was no way.”SHE FILED A FEDERAL LAWSUIT LAST MONTH AGAINST ST. ELIZABETH MEDICAL CENTER IN EDGEWOOD AND THE KENTUCKY CHILD WELFARE AGENCY.SHE ACCUSES THEM OF STARTING A CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION BAESD ON HER POSITIVE DRUG SCREEN FOR OPIATES áááBEFORE MORE RELIABLE DRUG TESTS PROVED THAT FIRST TEST WAS ACTUALLY WRONG. They did not give me another test until the cabinet was already called and they were at the hospital.”HOLLY TELLS THE “NINE ON YOUR SIDE” I-TEAM SHE BELIEVES WHAT HAPPENED NEXT FURTHER VIOLATED HER FAMILY’S RIGHTS. “I thought they were just going to take my kid out of the room. This was just a huge mistake.”THE LAWSUIT SAYS A STATE SOCIAL WORKER GAVE HOLLY THIS”PREVENTION PLAN.IT REQUIRED HER TO HAVE ANOTHER ADULT PRESENT WHEN SHE WAS WITH BABY ALLIE–EVEN TO BREAST FEED. FEED. “It was a nightmare.”WITHOUT THE PLAN BABY ALLIE COULD END UP IN FOSTER CARE.THE STATE’S INVESTIGATION LASTED THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF ALLIE’S LIFE.ST. ELIZABETH’S DECLINED REPEATED INTERVIEW REQUESTS FROM THE I-TEAM. You can’t turn a blind eye to the proof and the proof in this case was the umbilical chord, and the second test.” ST. ELIZABETH HEALTHCARE–AND EVERY OTHER BIRTHING CENTER IN THE NORTHERN KENTUCKY/CINTIN NATI AREA– DRUG TESTS ALL PREGNANT WOMEN PRIOR TO GIVING BIRTH UNLESS THEY “OPT OUT”. THE VOLUNATARY DRUG TESTING PROGRAM HAS IDENTIFIED HUNDREDS OF OPIATE-DEPENDANT NEWBORNS SINCE 2013. “The symptoms usually don’t start for 24-48hours. So, by having this early detection they’re able to closely monitor the baby.” THE I-TEAM WANTED TO KNOW HOW COMMON IT IS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN TO TEST FALSE-POSITIVE ON DRUG TESTS, LIKE HOLLY DID. WE ASKED EIGHT LOCAL HOSPITAL SYSTEMS FOR NUMBERS.WE DISCOVERED THEY AREN’T REQUIRED TO TRACK THOSE RESULTS. RESULTS. AND SO THEY DON’T. THE I-TEAM ALSO DISCOVERED INKENTUCKY AND OHIO ááHOSPITALS DETERMINE WHAT DRUG SCEEN TO USE AND WHEN TO NOTIFY THE STATE OR COUNTY.THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT. OVERSIGHT. YET, IN A RESPONSE TO HOLLY’S LAWSUIT, THE STATE SAYS THE HOSPITAL WORKERS REPORTED HOLLY’S “POSITIVE” DRUG TEST TO THEM UNDER A MANDATORY CHILD ABUSE REPORTING LAW.A STATE SPOKESMAN TELLS THE I- TEAM THE STATE CAN’T DISCUSS THE CASE. CASE. “Like anything else it has to be done appropriately. There have to be checks and balances.”DR. MIKE KALFAS IS AN ADDICTION SPECIALIST NOT CONNECTED TO HOLLY’S CASE.HE DOES THOUSANDS OF DRUG SCREENS EACH YEAR. “Before you take stern action on someone, you should have a confirmatory test. Always have to confirm it at the lab before you take action on it.” REMEMBER—HOLLY’S INITIAL TEST WAS EVENTUALLY RULED A FALSE-POSITIVE. POSITIVE. Do you do drugsNo.Have you ever done drugs?No.”SHE BELIEVES IT’S THE BAGEL CHIPS SHE ATE HOURS BEFORE GIVING BIRTH. “I know they have like sesame seeds, poppy seeds, it’s everything.” everything.” “It is possible that she could have gotten a false-positive for opiates or morphine if she ate enough poppy seeds. That’s true.” HOLLY UNDERSTANDS THE OPIOID ADDICTION CRISIS IN THE AREA AND SUPPORTSTHE DRUG TESTS. BUT SHE’S CALLING FOR CHANGE. They need to have a better testing protocol and once the Cabinet has those results they need to close the case.” BONG DOCTORS TELL ME FALSE-POSITIVE DRUG TESTS ARE FAIRLY COMMON. WHAT’S RARE IS THE STATE INTERVENING BEFORE A CONFIRMING TEST IS DONE. I SPENT WEEKS DIGGING FOR OTHER STORIES LIKE HOLLY’S—-I FOUND ááONE, IN CALIFORNIA. THAT MOM SAYS THE STATE ONLY TOOK THREE WEEKS TO INVESTIGATE HER FALSE-POSITIVE TEST, AND EVENTUALLY DETERMINED SHE WAS ááNOT A

61 thoughts on “False drug test almost costs a mom her children”

  1. The State needs to stop holding people accountable for their mistakes if the State is not willing to accept accountability for it's OWN mistakes.

    "Don't dish it out if you can't take it", you fucking hypocrites!!!

  2. It's funny upstate NY Hospital was serving poppy seeds on Bagels an buns when I told ur going to test positive for drugs they was shocked

  3. so people lose your family and friends home and jobs and a lot more we the people will bring justice for one way or another even if it take s are blood so what do you want to do government

  4. what about the ones that has lost all they have over this bull shit these is people in prison for this that never aver tolk drugs I know people wake up stand up for what wrong and right or lose your family and friends from asshole that take your rights away

  5. People are going all out STUPID on this opiate epidemic, you WOULD NOT believe the power trip that some (most) of these pharmacists and nurses are on these days!!!

  6. Complete government control.
    The hospitals pharmaceutical and insurance companies own the government… We the people have overlords that control our lives.

  7. bearasscreekfarms sameasabove

    It is a violation of fifth amendment protections to insist that ANYONE be compelled to provide ANY material that may be used as evidence against them in ANY government forum. This needs to be argued all the way to the top to unravel what can only be referred to as a parasitic infection of constitutional protections that drives a multi billion dollar organized crime in progress.

  8. Big government. They know what's best for us.
    "Everything you know do and say, is in the pill you took today…whoo whoo." They d like to perfect that pill.

  9. well thats bullshit you found one other false positive test in weeks bullshit a damn youtube search would give you more than that in 5 mins nice investigative reporting

  10. I am sure the affirmative action lab person was hired due to race and not because they want to do the job properly and here we see the results when people are hired by racial quotas rather than skills

  11. So they didn’t do a second test to verify. You look at the person and you can be a pretty good judge if they use drugs or not. A second test would verify that!
    I hope she makes the hospital and the state take care of her and anyone else they try and screw over!

  12. One of the very first questions that should have been asked when she came back positive on the drug test was what she ate within the last 24 hours. That is common sense. Furthermore, how could this child go to foster care when she had her husband there? This is why so many people are having home birth and even unassisted birth. The hospitals are not safe anymore. It should be the safest place in the world to deliver a baby, but you really do run the risk of losing your child if you do not play by all of the rules and have all of their testing done.

  13. I was a CPS worker for 6 years……that system only really affects the more impoverished individuals. Now just imagine of this lady didn't have the money to file a federal lawsuit. Now just think of how many low income families that have to go through loops just to get their children back. I've witnessed mothers losing their right's for smoking marijuana. On the other hand, I've witnessed cases where there was more serious drug use but the family had 💰 so everything worked in there favor. You better believe that these DSS supervisors and directors do exactly what they want especially in the south. Its always about the money never the welfare of children…that's why I quit that fucking job

  14. Meanwhile my sister's Dr knew she had marijuana in her system the whole pregnancy and he just kept telling her you know u have to stop. She checked out the hospital during a threat of miscarriage to go get high.

  15. All drug tests generate false positives, but if we have to imprison or ruin 50 people's lives falsely just to save 1 baby, it's worth it. Don't like my comment, push for change.

  16. Audiogeeks Vintage Sales

    This is the "don't do drugs" bullshit that Reagan wife started in the 80s. The problem is that the amount of false positives are runing families.

  17. Children and Youth services seems to do more damage than good.. so many families torn apart by false accusations.. hate that the state acts like they own you and just take your kids .

  18. Disco Biker Barefoot Acrylics

    CPS is not about keeping families together. They kidnap children & sell them into human traficking! Don't ever trust a gov. agency!
    I worked in a hospital lab 10 years ago. Drug screens, etc. are not tracked! Mistakes are made daily in these labs!

  19. This is act of war people kill or be killed what are you going to do fight people for you right s or lose your family and friends from asshole s cop's like this and government worker's brackin the law and are rights

  20. Not sure about there. But in Spokane county Washington State, CPS has come under scrutiny for pretty much selling children. 50,000 for adoptive parents to bring home a child. Most these children adopted from Spokane county are usually white, home with their biological parents less then 2 weeks in infants ( main product sold), or put in group home such as the Vanessa behan center. From there they are pretty much trafficked to whoever has the most money. Pregnant girls who approach these adoption agencies ( not all agencies) can actually receive money for "living expenses" full week knowing they are gonna buy drugs ( alot of the time) and then when the cold is born the drug test is guaranteed to be positive, bam baby taken $ exchanges hands, legal human trafficking. Look into it if you wanna be shocked.
    Spokane also does a sliding fee scale also for income? 🤔😭

  21. Hog Mouth Fishing Charters

    That’s because they’re taking people’s kids man and selling them for fucking money dumb motherfuckers wake up just cause you live in the United States of America doesn’t mean that shit ain’t going on wait till they do further investigation I bet you they uncover some fucking sinister ass shit people are just fucking stupid man!

  22. got 200 more hours of community service for a false alcohol urine test result. tried to explain i have the right to a real lab test, but alas, this is america.

  23. False positives do occur.
    You are guilty, guilty, guilty, until you can somehow prove your innocence.
    Usually after losing so much.

  24. The same thing happened to my daughter twice on 2 of her children. She took ranitidine for heart burn during her preg. She had scheduled c section on both children. Urine tests given on both children and tested pos for meth both times a hear and a half apart. Dhs took her kids the first time until blood tests came back. Ut took 3 wks to get them back and they were neg. Dhs gave my daughter hell! The hosptal put her son on withdrawal meds for 3 weks until cord blood came back neg. Then they told my daughter to wean him off of the meds. Both of her births were nightmares! Dhs tried taking her children on her 3rd birth but the hospital gave her a second pee test which was neg. But still sent her blood and babys blood off. Again, it was neg that time also. My daughter hates to talk about her births because what was supose to be the best experience of a womans life is the birth of her children. Her youngest is 4 months old and my daughter still cries about her experiences. And she's so scared of the DHS now. She's getting her tubes tied next within the next few months. No more kids for her. These tests need to be outlawed.

  25. Catherine Winkeler

    R we free citizens? Government wants to control everything in our lives. Do not take test. Losing civil liberty. Wtf

  26. The government has way too much power and control over people . If anyone needs drug tested it's Congress and the Senate.

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