In a report from The Seattle Times, methadone painkiller is being labeled as a dangerous drug by some health experts. Methadone is an inexpensive, powerful type of opioid that has recently been deemed by some officials in the state of Washington as one that should be prescribed as a last resort. One of the more serious claims is that it can lead to accidental death. Since 2003, Washington has seen 2,173 accidental overdoses of methadone. Now experts are raising awareness to pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and doctors about the risks of methadone. While most prescription painkillers leave the body within a matter of hours, methadone can remain for days. It can interfere with an individual’s breathing. This is especially dangerous if they fall asleep, as they may never wake up. Doctors refer to this as the “silent death.” Although most prescription painkillers can cause withdrawal symptoms, those can last even longer for patients taking methadone. Sometimes symptoms—such as depression and nausea—can go on for months or even years. When you or someone you love has been seriously injured as a result of a dangerous drug, you may be wondering if there are legal options available. Seek assistance from a New York dangerous drug attorney to discuss your case.
Contacting a New York Dangerous Drug Attorney
When you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one because of a dangerous drug you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages and suffering. Consulting with a New York dangerous drug attorney can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries, and decide if filing a dangerous drug claim is right for you. At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of dangerous drug attorneys that serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the 5 boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, defective drug, premises liability, and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your dangerous drug claim, contact us today– 1-800-246-4878.