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Baby products causing newborns to test positive for marijuana

Posted on: 1:20 pm, June 22, 2012, by , updated on: 01:21pm, June 22, 2012

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – More and more babies are testing positive for marijuana use and a recent UNC Chapel Hill study suggests it is due to baby products.

A study published by the journal Clinical Biochemistry claims that baby wash, baby shampoo and bedtime bath soap is causing false positive marijuana results in baby’s urine.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill started studying after they said an unusually high number of newborns began testing positive for marijuana.

The study found that certain chemicals found in these products — including polyquarternium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine — can trigger the positive results for THC – the main ingredient in marijuana.

Researchers said none of these soaps – which include brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS – contain marijuana. They just trigger a false testing.