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According to the pediatrician, Hunter's test came up clean, Silakowski told WROC.
She offered to retake the drug test, but she was told no. Because of the positive results, officials at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo called Child Protective Services. The child advocates started a child abuse investigation that Silakowski called a nightmare.
She was visited by CPS officials at her home. Her children were visited at their school. Silakowski also had to have drug counseling and testing.
But a positive drug test caused by poppy seed isn’t unheard of.
"From time to time a person who consumes a poppy seed product may end up with a positive opioid test and a confirmed positive for morphine or morphine and codeine," Michael Peterson, manager of toxicology at ACM Medical Laboratory, told WROC. "I would expect that in most cases medical professionals should be aware of this."
The hospital couldn't comment on the case, citing patient privacy laws. The Erie County Health Department, the office that oversees CPS, also declined to comment to WROC.
Silakowski said that CPS determined the allegations to be unfounded. But she does have a note on her drug test saying that the findings can be used for medical treatment only, not for legal or employment purposes.
"I understand for protection of babies, you have to be careful and do these tests, but people need to be educated that this can happen and it can rock your world and I think I'm lucky that it was only 8 weeks to be honest with you, but it was a long 8 weeks," Silakowski told WROC.