Percocet is an addictive opioid pain medication. Even accidentally taking too much Percocet can cause a life-threatening overdose, other serious injuries, or death.
Jury Awards $100,000 for Percocet Overdose Lawsuit
In February 2018, a jury awarded $100,000 to the daughter of a woman who died of an accidental Percocet overdose. Mary Jo Curtis was found dead in her home in June 2014. Her physician, Dr. Highfill, was found responsible because he prescribed her over 7,000 pills of Percocet after she broke her ankle.
What is Percocet?
Oxycodone is an opioid medication that is sold alone under the brand-name Oxycontin® for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen is sold alone under the brand-name Tylenol® for the treatment of moderate pain and fever.
Anyone who takes Percocet continuously for more than a few days will develop a physical tolerance, which means their body needs more Percocet to experience the same pain-killing effects. This can lead to addiction. It also increases the risk of a deadly Percocet overdose.
Symptoms of a Percocet Overdose
- Slow or stopped breathing
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive sleepiness
- Limp or weak muscles
- Narrowing or widening of the pupils (dark circle in eye)
- Cold, clammy skin
- Loss of consciousness