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Poppy Seed Bagel = Drugs

This is an appropriate response, no?

The birth of a couple’s first child is supposed to be a joyous occasion — and for the first three days, it was for Elizabeth Mort and her partner Alex Rodriguez. But then the commonwealth of Pennsylvania took their young daughter away after the hospital where she was born reported the mother for testing positive on a drug test. Her drug of choice? An “everything” bagel from Dunkin’ Donuts.

“The best thing in my life had been taken from me and there was nothing I could do to get her back,” Mort says. For five excruciating days, officials with Lawrence County Children and Youth Services (LCCYS) kept mother away from child, all based on a positive drug test they didn’t even bother to investigate — and which the hospital never even informed the mother about. Now, aided by the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the parents are fighting back with a lawsuit against both LCCYS and Jameson Hospital.

“We decided to file a lawsuit so that Jameson Hospital and Lawrence County Children and Youth Services could not do this to another innocent family,” she explains. “They need to research and ask questions before they jump to conclusions.”

That’s some bagel.

Having a Polish mom and a Ukrainian dad, we use to eat poppy seed rolls all the time for the holidays. It wouldn’t be Christmas or Easter without makowiec. In fact, my wife even learned to make them so MY daughter can enjoy them.


I guess it’s only a matter of time before we get picked up.

November 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm
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  • November 10, 2010 at 12:14 amEd Angiolillo

    Something REALLY smells about this story. I do the Drug and Alcohol Abuse portion of our new employee orientation and, officially, the “positive poppy seed drug test” can only happen if you eat a MASSIVE quantity of poppy seeds. IIRC, Myth Busters proved it, too.

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