Portland woman awarded $244K in methadone overdose suit

Posted Feb. 10, 2011, at 1:15 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 10, 2011, at 11:52 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine jury has awarded a Portland woman $244,000 from a methadone clinic that repeatedly gave her high doses of methadone.

Sharon Pratt filed a civil lawsuit in 2008 against Dr. Steven Keefe, the former medical director at CAP Quality Care in Westbrook, for giving her high doses of methadone although she had overdosed several times and other doctors had warned the clinic to lower her prescription.

According to the Portland Press Herald, a jury Tuesday found that both Keefe and Pratt were at fault for Pratt’s overdoses but that Keefe had breached standards of medical care and that his negligence outweighed Pratt’s.

Pratt was being treated with methadone in 2001 and 2002 for her addiction to painkillers, which she had taken during years of cancer treatment.

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