Earlier this month in the English county of Kent, a mother of a five-year-old boy discovered that the pharmacist had included a bottle of what was later determined to be methadone. The bottle had a label on it indicating that it was supposed to have been provided to another patient. Thankfully, the mother discarded any of the medication that was in the bottle, and her son was not provided any of the dangerous opioid.
According to one English news source, the woman went to her local pharmacy to pick up her son’s prescription for his acid reflux medication. When she got home, she noticed that there were two bottles in the bag. One was her son’s usual medication and the other a bottle indicating that it contained 70 milliliters of methadone, a dangerous opioid drug used as an alternative to morphine and also to treat heroin addiction.
When the pharmacy was made aware of the mistake, their initial response was that the bottle was empty, so it created no actual health risk. However, the mother told reporters that the bottle was indeed full of a liquid that she dumped down the sink as a precautionary measure. The pharmacy issued the following statement following what they called a “highly unusual incident”: