Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mother Faces Life in Prison Due to Accidental Overdose

Mother faces life in prison because of accidental methadone death of 3 year old daughter. In this report from Reno, Nevada, the District Attorney notes that the guilty verdict "should send a strong message to every methadone user ... that if you choose to bring this liquid poison into your home, you better make damn sure it's secure... If you fail to, you may be spending the rest of your life in prison.'

It's a tragic fact that a great many children are harmed (and some die) because they accidentally ingest medication prescribed for parents or other household members. A federal study released just last month Click here for the Dawn Report) estimated over 100,000 children under age 6 were seen in the nation's EDs in 2008 because of accidental poisoning. Over a quarter involved medication for heart or lung disease, and anti-depressants and non-narcotic pain relievers (like motrin and aspirin products) accounted for another 25%. When death is the outcome, is the DA really intent on seeing the parents in these tragic cases spend "the rest of their lives in prison"? Note that narcotic pain relievers (methadone is one of many) accounted for less than 4% of cases, and methadone for treatment of dependence wasn't mentioned at all by the federal report.

7 Comments:

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just another case of discrimination, against an individual, from one of the many unprotected groups in the U.S., in this case, the drug addict in recovery...being singled out and held to a different (harsher)standard.
As noted, the majority of drug poisonings involving children who have accidentally consumed their parents medication , involve aspirin, Tylenol, and Motrin. All opioid pain med's ,of which methadone is but a fraction, represent a mere 4% of all (total)such drug poisonings.
So clearly, given the statistics, which leave no room for doubt, this D.A. is ignoring 96% of all child drug poisonings , of which the child's parents med's were the drug causing said poisoning/O.D., so that they can focus the full weight of the law on not all opioids,not even Rx Methadone for pain, but on the liquid methadone used in opioid treatment programs, which represents a fraction of all cases, so small as to be not represenative numerically in the statistics.
The numbers not only don't lie, but in this case they tell the whole story. This mother is suffering the death of her daughter from an unimaginably horrible accident. She is not a criminal.

 
At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Tam said...

Eeeeeeee. I dont know if that's a solution. She is punished it seems by her addicition and loss of her daughter but also made HUGE MISTAKE leaving out her morphine. It's such a HUGE TRAGEDY> ... Im just dont know what to say but keep your medication hidden so NO ONE can get to it.

 
At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very sad story that this little 3 year old girl will not live out her life because her mom left out her methadone to where her child could get it. A 3 year old is not going to know that it's going to make her sick. The mother deserves life in prison because it is her fault that the daughter is dead.

 
At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Rapid Detox said...

This is terrible... Parents need to be more responsible people.

 
At 5:29 PM, Anonymous non 12 step recovery programs said...

Sad to hear.

 
At 6:47 AM, Anonymous Midwest Center said...

Accident or planned, the result is a death.,, I am not sure on the judgement... anyway the drug has claimed a life.

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous R Johnson said...

What a tragedy this is for all involved. All who struggle with addiction, even those who are considered high-functioning addicts, need to know that their actions have consequences.

 

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