pexels-anna-shvets-3683036Young Woman, 24, Died From Fentanyl Overdose While Seeking Treatment at the Arlington Recovery Community and Sobering Center in Riverside

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (July 7, 2024) – A 24-year-old woman tragically died of a drug overdose while seeking treatment at the Arlington Recovery Community and Sobering Center in Riverside.

Riverside County officials are saying that the woman had recently been introduced to fentanyl and was seeking treatment. At some point during her stay at the Arlington Recovery Community and Sobering Center, she went into medical distress.

Despite life-saving measures, it was later determined that she died from a fentanyl overdose. Family members are saying that the defunct clinic was not following proper protocols.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Rehab Facility Deaths

Drug overdoses have become one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “There were 107,941 drug-involved overdose deaths reported in the U.S. in 2022; 70% of cases occurred among males (yellow line). Synthetic opioids other than methadone (primarily fentanyl) were the main driver of drug overdose deaths with a over 7.5-fold increase from 2015 to 2022.” There are a number of common signs that a person is going through an opioid overdose.

  • Unresponsiveness
  • Breathing problems
  • Pupil changes
  • Weak pulse
  • Irregular heartbeat

Rehab facilities have proven to be extremely helpful to many people. But these facilities are not always safe for the very patients they are supposed to be assisting. Many people die during rehab from suicide or drug overdoses. If this happens, the rehab facility could be found liable. These facilities have a legal obligation to adequately monitor patients and take all actions that are reasonably necessary to keep them safe. A rehab facility may have made a number of mistakes that contributed to a patient’s overdose death.

  • Inadequate Supervision: If staff fail to properly monitor patients, this can lead to unnoticed instances of substance abuse.
  • Poor Staff Training: Staff may not be properly trained to recognize the signs of an overdose.
  • Improper Medication Management: A rehab facility may have made errors in administering or monitoring medications.
  • Neglecting Co-occuring Conditions: Patients may have a variety of physical or mental health issues in addition to their substance abuse. When these conditions are ignored, this may contribute to an overdose risk.
  • Failure to Respond to Medical Emergencies: A delayed or inadequate response to a medical emergency can lead to an increased risk of death from an overdose.

Rehab facilities are typically driven by a profit incentive. This doesn’t always create the best set of incentives. For example, there have been numerous instances of treatment centers increasing their profit margin by scaling back the care that they give patients. In many cases, rehab facilities charge high fees without guaranteeing patients access to evidence-based care. The family of any person who dies at a rehab facility may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

Investigating Rehab Facility Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm were deeply concerned to hear about this death at the Arlington Recovery Community and Sobering Center. No family should ever have to go through something like this. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to make the other rehab facilities across California safer.

Do you need more information about a patient’s death at a California rehab facility? Our team of personal injury attorneys is here for you. We are committed to making sure that patients are aware of their rights and that rehab facilities are held accountable for their wrongful actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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