Storing methadone in babies' bottles puts young children at riskBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7179.329 (Published 30 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:329
- Kieran Harkin, General practitioner.,
- Catherine Quinn, General practitioner.,
- Fiona Bradley, Lecturer in general practice.
- 15 Grattan Crescent, Inchicore, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland
- Department of Community Health and General Practice, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland
EDITOR —On 28 January 1998, Dublin City Coroner's Court heard that a 3 year old boy had died after aspirating gastric contents secondary to the ingestion of methadone. The methadone had been stored in a baby's bottle. The jury recorded a verdict of accidental death.
We investigated the extent to which babies' bottles are used to measure and store methadone. Nine general practitioners agreed to participate in a study whereby they would ask three questions of each consecutive patient to whom they prescribed methadone in …