Methadone is an addictive opioid pain medication similar to morphine and heroin. Like other opiates, methadone overdoses can be deadly.
Need a Texas Methadone Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one had an accidental overdose of methadone, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Jury Awards $1.9 Million in Methadone Overdose Lawsuit
In April 2012, a jury in Maine awarded $1.9 million to Charlene Whalen, 59, a woman who filed a lawsuit against Dr. Steven Weisberger for over-prescribing methadone. She accidentally overdosed on methadone and suffered brain damage.
What is Methadone?
Methadone is a prescription medication that is used in the treatment of severe pain. It is also used in rehabilitation facilities to treat people who are addicted to other opioids, like heroin.
Methadone is a synthetic opiate that is much longer-lasting than other opiates. The benefit is that methadone users usually don’t experience a “high,” and their withdrawal from other opiates is less severe.
Methadone can be habit-forming or addictive when it is used continuously, although the risk is much lower when rehabilitation facilities are carefully controlling the dose that patients receive.
The problem is when methadone is over-prescribed to patients who are suffering from pain. Over time, they become tolerant and require a higher dose of methadone to experience positive effects. This can quickly spiral out of control and lead to a deadly accidental overdose.
Methadone Overdose Symptoms
- Slow breathing
- Shallow or stopped breathing
- Excessive sleepiness
- Loss of consciousness
- Weak muscles
- Pupils are pinpoints (small dark circles in the eyes)
If you or your family member suffered an accidental overdose of methadone, hospitalization, addiction, rehabilitation, or death, you may be eligible for compensation through a methadone lawsuit.
Methadone Class Action Lawsuits & MDL
Victims of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. have already filed hundreds of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies. These lawsuits include dozens of cities and states who accuse drug-makers of aggressively pushing highly-addictive painkillers without adequate safety warnings.
Instead of a class action lawsuit, most of the opioid lawsuits are centralized in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) under U.S. District Judge Dan A. Polster, a federal judge in Ohio. Unlike a class action lawsuit, each lawsuit in the opioid MDL remains independent.
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