This was on the news last night and it just doesn't seem to be telling the whole story. I hope we have a pharmacist *on board* who could help me make sense of this. But I welcome all input. So the news story goes that this young male, age 17, showed up at a party (with other teens who were illegally & underaged drinking) and he boasts that he had just eaten a 40 mg. wafer of methadone belonging to his father. I am thinking the other teens did not think it would be life threatening and according to the news, they just put him to bed and went on with their partying. The next morning, the *friends* found the teen where they had put him, to bed, and he was dead. Now...I am wondering if it really was a lethal dose of methadone or perhaps he had taken alcohol on top of it, or even mixed other drugs with it. I just feel there is something not being told here. One 40 mg. wafer of methadone is what the news reporters are calling an overdose. Now I am sure there is a chance that the teen may have had an allergic reaction to the drug, that is always possible. But without an autopsy (which I have not heard may be taking place) something about this just does not sound right to me. So is there anyone here who could help me figure this out? Is it possible that a 17 year old taking one 40 mg. of methadone would kill him? Thanks in advance for anyone willing to shed a little light on this for me. And another question I have is how many of us with children keep their meds in a lock box? I have sons in their twenties and still, I keep all meds locked up. I trust them, and still, I feel that it is my moral obligation and responsibility to do so.