Detox doctors condemned over deaths

Two patients who died after undergoing experimental opioid detoxification may have lived had their after-care not been “extremely inadequate”, a coroner has found.

Doctors at the controversial Psych ‘n’ Soul private clinic in Sydney administered naltrexone to Grace Yates and Michael Poole as part of rapid opioid detoxification - a treatment not used in the NSW state health system because of concerns over its safety.

The inquest was told that the day before her treatment was due to take place Ms Yates, the mother of a young baby,