Denver doctor to settle opioid wrongful death lawsuit

DENVER — A Denver doctor has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money to settle a lawsuit that claimed he caused a mother’s fatal overdose by prescribing too many medications.

The Denver Post reports that 40-year-old Jennifer Goodridge died in September 2016 after taking a mix of opioids, muscle relaxers and barbiturates prescribed by Dr. Andrew Hong.

Prosecutors say Hong should have recognized her addiction after she started to request early refills and increased dosages.

Hong’s attorney says he cannot comment because of a confidentiality agreement.

Officials say Hong’s license will remain active unless the Colorado Medical Board decides to further investigate.

Officials say the settlement comes just as the state has ramped up its enforcement of dangerous prescribing practices.

Goodridge is survived by her husband and two children.

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