Woman Settles Suit Over False Positive Drug Test

A lawsuit filed by a woman whose newborn child was taken from her following a false-positive drug test because she had eaten a poppyseed bagel is being settled, according to filings in U.S. District Court. Terms were not disclosed.

In 2010, a Pittsburgh area Children and Youth Services worker took Elizabeth Mort’s baby from her following a drug test done by Jameson Health System, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the county and the system.

The finding she had a tiny amount of opium matabolite in her blood stream was caused by a poppyseed bagel she ate before going into labor, according to the lawsuit.

The ACLU said that the policies of the county and the hospital, which have been the subject of other lawsuits, were resulting in the removal from parents of infants in no danger.

Ms. Mort’s baby was in foster care for five days before the county realized its mistake and returned the baby to her. U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone reported the settlement in a docket entry and closed the case.


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