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A Baby Was Poisoned By Breast Milk That Contained Drug Residues

A Baby Was Poisoned By Breast Milk That Contained Drug Residues

An 11-week-old baby died in Pennsylvania in the United States after ingesting a lethal dose of breastfeeding drugs. Her mother, Samantha Jones, is found guilty of homicide after the autopsy revealed that traces of methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine had been found in the infant's blood and had contributed to her death.

Died after being poisoned by drugs?
Samantha Jones, a 30-year-old American mom, has been charged with homicide after her 11-week-old baby died from breast milk opiate poisoning.

Samantha, the mother was said to have been addicted to painkillers but would have taken methadone during her pregnancy to overcome her addiction and all this while continuing to breastfeed her son.

The autopsy revealed that traces of methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine had been detected in the infant's blood and had contributed to his death. Samantha has told investigators that she has been prescribed methadone since her pregnancy to help manage her addiction to opioid analgesics.

Samantha's lawyer, Louis Busico, said that she loved her son and that she never intended to hurt her.

Drug dependence in pregnant women
An inserm expertise reported by Cairn.info, publishing social and human sciences journals, estimated between 1,000 and 2,500 in 2003, the number of pregnant women taking Subutex, a opiate substitution treatment (substances derived from opium). In 2007, about 130,000 French patients benefited from substitution treatment. And according to Inserm, there are currently two therapeutic options for opioid dependence, such as methadone and buprenorphine, in the list of medicines authorized by the WHO.

Of course, the use of opioid medications during pregnancy significantly impairs the health of the mother and child by involving serious consequences such as premature birth, stillbirth or even death in childbirth. forget the risk of the natal withdrawal syndrome.

In the United States, a recent report by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) warns of the growing addiction of opioid pregnant women. The number of pregnant women dependent on this class of drugs has quadrupled in the space of 15 years in the United States.

For Dr. Walter Kraft, an expert in the treatment of neonatal withdrawal syndrome at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, all guidelines support breastfeeding for mothers who are on treatment programs and do not take other illicit or non-medically indicated. He added that while recreational drug use is not encouraged during breastfeeding, there may be situations where a mother can breastfeed if she is taking medically prescribed stimulants; which would support the defense of Samantha Jones a little bit.

Effects and danger of opiates
Opiates, derived from opium, refer to a psychotropic narcotic drug substance. These act at the level of opiate receptors, located in the brain, and regulate the response to different reactions such as emotions, pain or even stress.

Opiates are originally used for essentially therapeutic purposes for their analgesic properties. In addition, a non-compliant use of opioid analgesics exists outside of its medical indication, namely the treatment of pain. Drug addicts suffering from an addiction to opiate drugs (morphine, heroin) may deliberately circumvent the use of opioid analgesics to temporarily overcome a drug-deprivation effect and thus avoid the withdrawal syndrome.

According to Nicolas Autier, Psychiatrist for Analgesic Medicines, between 2000 and 2017, the number of hospitalizations related to an opioid overdose jumped by + 167% and the number of deaths between 2000 and 2015 of + 146% and there are at least seven hospitalizations per day and four deaths per week due to the use of opioid analgesics.
A Baby Was Poisoned By Breast Milk That Contained Drug Residues