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Was the driver who hit you a methadone maintenance patient?

| Apr 26, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

You are struggling to recover from the injuries you received when a negligent driver struck your vehicle. Although the officer tested the other driver for DWI, his breath test was negative for alcohol.

But that blood alcohol test (BAC) will not reveal all sources of impairment. If the negligent driver who ran the red light and T-boned your vehicle was impaired by drugs — whether illegal, legitimately prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) — their impairment would not be detected by those traditional (BAC) tests.

Some methadone maintenance patients could be over-prescribed

When opiate addicts finally seek treatment, many turn to lifesaving programs like methadone maintenance (MM). These addicts transition from heroin or prescription pills to a daily dose of legally dispensed methadone.

Under the right dosage and taken regularly, MM patients are able to live normal lives, work and take care of their families without the impairment of opioid drugs. The methadone staves of the dreaded withdrawal symptoms that keep so many addicts tethered to the needle or the pills.

Calibrating the right dosage can be tricky

When all goes as planned, MM patients are able to drive and operate machinery because they are not impaired or intoxicated. But getting each patient’s individual dose correctly calibrated can be a trial-and-error process. Too little, and the patients are crippled by withdrawal symptoms. Too much and they experience the opiate-like high they are purportedly seeking to avoid.

If the driver of the vehicle that caused your accident was impaired by methadone or any other type of drug (legal or illegal), this information could be very useful to your Chula Vista personal injury attorney when they file your claim for damages.

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