NC ordered to pay $528K in patient overdose death

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina has been ordered to pay nearly $528,000 to the parents of a man given a lethal overdose of methadone at a government-run drug treatment facility. 

The North Carolina Industrial Commission ordered the payment this week in the death of Jeffrey S. Harbin at the R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner in 2009. 

Records show the 42-year-old was found slumped in a bathroom after staff at the facility gave him huge doses of methadone, a drug used to treat the symptoms of heroin withdrawal. Harbin had a history of abusing cocaine, not heroin. 

After the death, federal authorities cited the facility for four major violations. 

State officials fought paying any compensation. Harbin's family says they are still waiting for an apology.
 

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