Our drug injury attorneys are always outraged when children do not receive proper care--especially by the guardians who are meant to protect them. Unfortunately, these cases crop up almost every day: most recently, in a Northern Kentucky home for at-risk youths.
According to a report filed on June 5 by The Office of Inspector General of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Campbell Lodge Boys’ Home failed to provide basic amenities such as beds, meals and clean clothes, while also improperly dispensing psychotropic medications to the children.
Some staff members and residents attested to the medication problems, telling investigators that they had seen a number of medication mistakes, including:
- Swapping medications. One staff member told inspectors he was ordered to give another child’s attention-deficit disorder medication to another resident who was “acting out,” going so far as to handwriting a new prescription label for the pills with the non-prescribed child’s name and dosage instructions.
- Mishandled drugs. State investigators found several violations in the home’s medicine cabinet, including discovering two different strengths of Citalopram, a powerful antidepressant, in the same bottle.
- Improper drug disposal. The center had been dumping a number of sensitive and illegal materials into non- secured trash cans, including medical records and prescription medication. To make matters worse, children at the center often emptied these trash cans, violating numerous regulations as well as the federal health privacy act.
Our attorneys know that crimes harming children should never go unpunished. To find out how Kennedy Hodges can help you child medication error lawsuit, call us today at (888) 526-7616 to start your FREE consultation. For more helpful legal hints, click the link above and we’ll send you a FREE copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.