According to the lawsuit, on June 22 or 23 last year, Ms. Devore bought bread at the Sewickley farmer’s market and, unknown to her, it contained poppy seeds.
On June 23, she went to Magee, where she was induced. During the process, her urine was drug tested even though she was never told and she never gave consent for any results to be passed on.
Based on Ms. Devore’s previous medical and social history, the complaint said, there was no reason to suspect she had used illegal drugs during her pregnancy.
The urine sample came back as an “unconfirmed positive.” It said, “the results are to be used only for medical purposes. Unconfirmed screening results must not be used for non-medical purposes (e.g., employment testing, legal testing).”
The next day, Ms. Devore gave birth to a healthy girl. Within hours, a nurse collected urine from her daughter for a drug test, which came back negative for opiates.
Nevertheless, a social worker referred Ms. Devore to the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families and on June 26, three hours after mother and baby were released from Magee, a CYF social worker arrived at their home.
"She inspected the home and did not find any cause to suspect or believe that plaintiff had used illicit drugs,’ " the lawsuit states. Still, a CYF investigator was scheduled to go back to the house July 5.
At that meeting, another inspection of the home was completed, and Ms. Devore was told she had to either permit a drug addiction counselor to do another evaluation and drug test, or go to juvenile court Downtown three weeks in a row for drug testing.
Ms. Devore and her husband consulted with an attorney and were told that complying would resolve the investigation most quickly.