An inmate was given psychological medication meant for another man with the same name over a two-week period. He began feeling suicidal and was hospitalized for two days afterward, according to a report on ABC News. The extra medications were to treat psychological disorders, but the other inmate with the same name already had been released from the jail.
An investigation is underway into how the mix-up happened at the Lucas County jail in Toledo.
“It was a mistake, and it certainly shouldn’t have occurred,” said county Sheriff John Tharp, who confirmed the mix-up, but said he could not release many details.
The Charlotte Observer reports a relative of the man who got the wrong medication told The Blade newspaper in Toledo that her brother was given medications to treat psychological disorders in November. She says he got six or seven medications for three times a day instead of just his usual dose of extra-strength aspirin for headaches.
“He went on ahead and took them because he felt like, I guess, they were his medications,” she said. “He probably thought it was the Tylenol or something. He took it and accepted it.”
The woman says her brother began feeling suicidal and was hospitalized for two days. She says he’s better now.
Her brother has been in jail since October after being charged in several vehicle break-ins.
Officials with the sheriff’s department say they can’t release many details. The medications are handed out by the jail’s nursing staff. Inmates at the jail wear wristbands with identifying information, including their birth-date and booking number.
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