Two Women Charged in Methadone-Related Deaths

Two women were recently charged in relation to separate methadone-related cases that resulted in the deaths of an infant in Alabama and an adult woman in Florida.

The Alabama woman, Angela Garcia, 31, is facing life in prison after the overdose death of her 13-month-old son, who ingested methadone that was left unsecured in the family home, The Floridian faces a third degree homicide charge after methadone she sold to another Floridian woman, Terry White, caused White's overdose death.

Garcia is being held on $100,000 bail after prosecutors alleged that she left the methadone she was using for to manage her opiate addiction lying unsecured in her trailer home. According to a May 14 article by Gary McElroy of the Alabama news website, Garcia's infant son consumed methadone on more than one occasion prior to the overdose that caused his death late in 2008.

Garcia was charged with exposing a child to chemical endangerment, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

As reported in a May 14 article on, the Florida case involved Charlene Nadeau, 43, who sold prescribed medications (10 methadone pills and three Xanax pills) to Terry White on April 4. White was found unresponsive in her home the following day, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital upon arrival.

Nadeau was witnessed selling the medication, and was even heard wondering if she might go to jail for selling drugs. She now faces charges including third degree homicide the sale of a controlled substance.

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