Q: Is there a test that can differentiate between fetal exposure to heroin and fetal exposure to morphine during the birthing process?
A: Yes. The umbilical cord tissue or meconium from a baby whose mother was administered morphine during delivery will only be positive for morphine. The umbilical cord of a baby that is positive for Meconin and/or Monoacetylemorphine (6-MAM) in addition to morphine is indicative of heroin exposure.
Knowing the difference can help doctors and nurses provide a better outcome for baby’s treatment plan.
USDTL now offers a sensitive test for Meconin which is helpful in determining exposure to heroin. Visit www.USDTL.com – testing services for information on umbilical cord testing or contact client services at 800-235-2367.
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