Jailed pregnant woman hoping to receive methadone treatment

San Antonio - We are learning more about a pregnant woman in a local jail who claims jail staff is putting the life of her fetus at risk. The woman is battling a heroin addiction and said she has been denied methadone.

The New York City based watch dog: National Advocates for Pregnant Women, NAPW for short, picked up Jessica De Samito's plea for help. The 24 weeks pregnant woman is a veteran trying to kick a heroin addiction.

She had been receiving methadone treatment before she was jailed Monday for breaking probation for a prior conviction for drug possession.

"Unfortunately just 3 weeks into this treatment she was abruptly denied by Guadalupe county jail," said Kylee Suderlin, with NAPW.

By phone, a representative of NAPW told KENS 5: on Wednesday De Samito finally got the methadone treatment she needs. However, it has yet to hear if jail staff in Guadalupe County plan to continue the treatment.

"Methadone is considered a best practice for pregnant women," said Melanie Lane, with San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Once addicted to heroin herself, Lane has worked for 25 years with San Antonio pregnant women trying to become clean. She said quitting cold turkey could possibly cause premature delivery of a baby.

"You don't even just want to cold turkey a pregnant woman off heroin or off methadone if she was already taking it because it is a high risk situation," she said.

The NAPW told me Jessica fell into drugs to deal with PTSD. KENS 5 was told she did not serve overseas but was stationed in California where she experienced what was described as an icdent involving sever trauma.

NAPW said if the Guadalupe County Jail doesnt continue the methadone treatment they want De Samito transfered to Bexar County jail because the jail here provides better support to pregnant women overcoming a drug addiction.


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