Nurse blames sweaty sex with coke user for failed drug test
A “passionate” Melbourne nurse claimed traces of cocaine found in her body weren’t from taking drugs but from not washing after having sex with a user.
Tara Seymour appeared before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in March after failing a drug test last November. She had previously admitted taking drugs on a Thai holiday and cocaine at a party — but denied consuming drugs before the test.
Seymour has been a nurse since 2011 at the John Fawkner Private Hospital in Coburg, where she has an excellent employment record, and was said to be passionate about nursing.
She told VCAT in the hours before the test she had sex with a “very sweaty” man without contraception, and that she didn’t bathe or use the bathroom between the sex and providing the urine sample.
The mother-of-one said she didn’t know the man was a drug user and denied knowingly breaching the condition of her registration. When she gave her evidence she pointed to research where the possibility of such contamination was discussed.
She told the hearing she carried out household chores and went out for lunch before conducting her random urine test at about 2pm.
However, a chemical pathologist, Julia Chang, who appeared at the hearing said Seymour’s version of events was “highly improbable”.
Chang’s opinion was it require 17 oz. of semen or sweat to get a similar result and said no semen was detected in the urine sample.