Prescription for disaster: Methadone, misery and one man’s mission

The (Macon, Ga.) TelegraphFebruary 5, 2012 

MACON, Ga. -- The ring on David Currie’s right hand helps him feel connected to his late son.

“I probably touch that thing a million times a day,” Currie said recently.

He regularly sweeps his finger across the ridges that form Drew Currie’s fingerprint.

Before Drew’s burial, a print was saved to be etched in white gold on his father’s band and in a necklace for his mother. Kay Currie’s fingerprint joins her son’s to form a heart.

The Laurens County couple lost their only child at age 24 to a lethal dose of methadone on May 1, 2010.

More than a year and a half later, Drew’s death still haunts them. He never should have died. The tale of what happened takes numerous twists and turns, compounding the Curries’ grief and provoking their outrage. It’s a story of repeated misdiagnosis of Drew’s medical condition and a methadone clinic allowed to operate despite multiple violations.

“I just never dreamed there was no bottom to it,” said David Currie, who has spent the better part of two years investigating what happened to his son. “The deeper you dig, the murkier it gets -- drug diversion, cover-up, corruption.”

Drew Currie’s parents say their son died at the hands of a drug dealer.

David Currie realizes those who didn’t know his son might suspect he was looking to get high from the methadone.

But those who love him say they realize Drew wasn’t in his right mind. They think he tried one dose of methadone to try to stop the excruciating pain in his head.

After Drew died, his father pieced together text messages and phone records and quickly learned where his son got the drug. Then David Currie set out to find the evidence to prove it.

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