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Storing methadone in babies' bottles puts young children at risk

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 30 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:329
  1. Kieran Harkin, General practitioner.,
  2. Catherine Quinn, General practitioner.,
  3. Fiona Bradley, Lecturer in general practice.
  1. 15 Grattan Crescent, Inchicore, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland
  2. 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 …

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