My sister-in-law has a history of drug abuse, Percocet, and Xanax or Klonopin was her drugs of choice. In Nov. 2017 she began going to a Methadone clinic and was doing well. In the latter part of Nov. 2017, we went to a general practitioner to establish a relationship with a Dr. for general care, This Dr. was made well aware of her history and the fact that she was involved in a Methadone clinic. This information was in written form and conveyed verbally during her evaluation by both myself and my sister-in-law. a couple weeks later my sister-in-law experienced a severe anxiety attack and this same Dr. prescribed Klonopin 0.5 mg twice a day. after a few days, she called the DR. and told him it wasn't helpful so he prescribed the same drug at 1 mg twice a day. After 5 days, on her way home from the methadone clinic, she fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident that nearly took her life. She was in the hospital for 24 days and had to have surgery due to a fractured vertebra. She had a brain bleed and internal bleeding that were both handled with time and rest. A lot of cuts, scrapes, and bruising were apparent. Taking benzodiazepines such as Klonopin while taking Methadone can
There is a growing consensus in the medical community to not mix benzodiazepines with opioids like methadone. Both cause respiratory depression and when used in combination can result in potentially life-threatening events. This is also a very new but very fertile area for medical malpractice litigation. Your loved one should not delay: gather her medical records and consult local counsel for further clarity.
Your question is best posed to a medical malpractice attorney who can review the records and facts and advise you
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