A recent investigation has revealed that many patients suffered wrong doses of powerful drugs, adverse reactions to medicines, and multiple overdoses while admitted to Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Winslow, New Jersey between 2006 and 2012.
The Asbury Park Press investigation began after 27-year-old Sean Denning was rushed to the emergency room after suffering an adverse drug reaction at Ancora. Denning’s medical records state that he suffered Depakote toxicity and a possible reaction to Lithium, both of which were administered at Ancora.
Denning spent the next several weeks in a hospital bed, suffering organ failure and respiratory problemsbefore doctors were finally able to restore his health.
Denning was the second Ancora patient to be hospitalized for an overdose at Ancora since December 2011. Ellen Lovejoy, the spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services, has said that another patient suffered similar circumstances as a result of "reactions to medications" received inside the psychiatric hospital.
28-year-old hospital resident Derrick Raymond attested to the frequency of psychiatric medication mistakes at Ancora. Raymond said that patient files have been in disarray since he began treatment in 2002.
"I've had my files mixed with other people's," Raymond said. "I could have been given the wrong medication. You start to feel like a guinea pig for medications in there."
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