First-time mom sues UPMC over faulty drug test

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A first-time mother is suing the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center saying hospital officials defamed her and violated her doctor-patient confidentiality by telling a county child welfare agency the woman failed a drug test the day her baby was born, even though the results were due to bread she ate containing poppy seeds.

UPMC isn't commenting on the lawsuit filed Tuesday by Rachael Devore, an Allegheny County woman who gave birth at Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC on June 24.

The lawsuit contends the hospital staff took Devore's urine for drug testing while she was in labor, then turned over the "positive" drug test to county caseworkers who eventually inspected Devore's home, and referred her to a substance abuse counselor.

Opiates like heroin are made from poppies, which is why the seeds can result in false positives on drug tests.

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