Patient at state center dies of methadone overdose

RALEIGH (AP) — A man who lied about taking heroin died after a doctor at a state-run drug treatment center gave him methadone without confirming the man’s condition.

The results of a urine test showed Jeffrey Harbin, 42, had been using cocaine and marijuana but proved negative for heroin, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported today. An autopsy report showed Harbin had double the toxic level of methadone in his blood.

Federal regulators later determined that patients at the R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner were in “immediate jeopardy” and found violations in four major areas, threatening the center’s ability to receive federal funds.

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