Sheriff Rules Man’s Methadone Death Entirely Preventable

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by Shaun Milne

THE death of a man given methadone at a private clinic in the Borders was “entirely preventable” a Sheriff has ruled.

An inquiry heard previously that Kieran Nichol, 20, a known valium addict, was prescribed the heroin substitute in December 2005 not long after he was readmitted to Castle Craig Hospital at Blyth Bridge for treatment.

He died two days after going back to the hospital.

Sheriff Gordon Liddle, who presided over a Fatal Accident inquiry into his death, said in his report that “different decisions or choice by a number of individuals could have made the difference”.

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