Chemicals in Some Baby Shampoos and Soaps Causing Positive THC Results
It seems some chemicals in several common baby shampoos and soaps – like polyquarternium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine - can cause positive results for THC in urine. This discovery was made after a hospital in North Carolina noticed that newborn babies were testing positive for marijuana at incredible rates.
The lead author of a study into the issue - Dr. Catherine Hammett-Stabler – told ABC News, "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. We were really surprised when we found it was the soaps were the culprit."
The shampoos and soaps causing the positive results include Johnson & Johnson's Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-time Baby Bath, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo.
Which brings up an interesting dilemma. If your newborn baby tests positive for marijuana, the mothers can be subject to dire consequences, including the loss of their child. How many mothers have been falsely accused across the country?
"[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 said.
But this can’t be the only hospital this has happened at.
"This has profound implications," said Dr. John Spangler, an associate professor of family and community medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 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?
"On the one hand, we must screen babies' urine to protect them from harmful environments, such as households where drugs are used," he said. "On the other hand, this study makes clear that such screens are plagued by known and unknown factors that can result in false positives."
So many kids taken away in fits of “reefer madness;” how many mothers have been falsely accused?
DEA Agents Under Investigation in Prostitution Scandal
According to reports several Drug Enforcement Administration agents are under investigation for hiring prostitutes in Columbia. The investigation is said to be separate from the much-publicized incident involving prostitutes, Columbia and secret service agents.
"The Drug Enforcement Administration was provided information from the Secret Service unrelated to the Cartagena hotel Secret Service incident, which DEA immediately followed up on, making DEA employees available to be interviewed by the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General," a DEA spokesman said. "DEA takes allegations of misconduct very seriously and will take appropriate personnel action, if warranted, upon the conclusion of the OIG investigation."
While prostitution is legal in Columbia and adults shouldn’t be judged for their actions unless they are infringing on the rights of another, it’s quite hypocritical of men fighting the drug war to decide what activities adults are allowed.
Yet this doesn’t come as a surprise. The DEA operates with immunity and a huge budget. They are answerable to know one and have tremendous authority worldwide.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she knew of the investigation a few weeks ago, but was asked to keep it confidential until it could progress further. "It's disturbing that we may be uncovering a troubling culture that spans more than one law enforcement agency," she said.
That’s what happens when people are given unlimited power. They can do what they want while enforcing a different moral code on others. They can violate the rules of their own agency and probably think nothing will come of it. Maybe nothing will come of it.
It’s time that the DEA gets reigned in, and not because of this incident. They trample the rights of people on a daily basis with no sign of letting up. Who will finally tell them enough is enough.
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If You're High, Avoid Calling 911 If Possible
As the video below aptly demonstrates, it’s not a good idea to call 911 when you’re baked unless it’s a dire emergency.
Many of you have heard the last call, the marijuana brownie call that has become legendary on the internet. And Anderson Cooper’s lame attempts at humor aside, you have to wonder why a high person would want to call 911.
Is it really possible to be so high that you forget that the 911 dispatch center can easily trace your call? Or is it more a matter of being so high you don’t care?
In any event, 911 is only for emergencies. Don’t be a moron and tie up the line with your stupidity. You could end up hurting other people by distracting someone who could save their life. And all it’s going to get you is arrested.
If you’re high and really need to make a phone call, prank call your friends and family. Or call a local radio station and annoy the DJ with your song requests. In other words, chill out. Pot smokers invariably get into trouble when they forget the first rule of being stoned: Don’t draw attention to yourself.
Police in MN Offering Drugs to Occupy Protestors?
The more you hear about how some cops actually conduct themselves on the street and how many police departments in this country are run, stories like the one in the video below become less shocking.
After all, when a friend tells you of something shady or downright illegal they saw or heard a cop do, how many of you just nod your head and say something like, “that don’t surprise me?”
Allegations out of Minneapolis, Minnesota accuse some police officers of offering drugs (among other things) to people on the streets to see how they would react. Many of these guinea pigs came from the city’s Occupy protest.
It’s doubtful that “drug recognition” was the real reason behind this alleged program. It’s more likely that the police wanted the protestors (and the public in general) off balance, or downright stoned. That way they could expect less trouble from them.
Allegations are also swirling that this is not a new program, which makes you wonder exactly what the cops in Minneapolis are up to – it makes you wonder a little about your local police department as well. We know some cops simply can’t resist living above the law.
How many of you are nodding your head right now and saying to yourself, “that don’t surprise me?”
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