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Addiction and Substance Abuse

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07/13/2006

Question:

my son bieng a 2 yr old child tested positive for cocaine in his system i dont know where he got it from but from reading onile i have read it stays in your system for at least 3-5 days but when he went the next morning not even bieng 24hrs later they found he was negative how could that be?

Answer:

If your 2-year-old son tested positive for cocaine, Children's Services needs to be informed as soon as possible. Someone exposed him to cocaine and this needs to be investigated.  A 2-year-old could die if exposed to cocaine.  Cocaine and its metabolites stay in the urine for 2 to 3 days. The urine could be positive 1 day and negative the next day.  Why was a urine drug screen done in the first place?  This is a very concerning situation!

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Response by:

Peter D Rogers, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University