A cruise doctor is sued over a methadone overdose

The physician was faulted for not having the antidote on hand during the emergency:

According to the suit, at about 1:45 p.m. the next day, Ginsburg ran into the hallway screaming for help.

A nearby volunteer firefighter heard and started CPR on Ashley. Ginsburg called 911.

A nurse arrived at the cabin at approximately 2:10 p.m. Ginsburg told her that five of his Vicodin pills were missing.

The nurse called for the doctor, who was told that Ginsburg was also missing some methadone. The suit doesn’t explainwhy he brought the drugs on board.

A defibrillator was turned on at about 2:31 p.m. – 20 minutes after medical help first arrived – and Ashley was declared dead at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Allred faulted the doctor for failing to administer anti-overdose medication, which she said should have been on hand.

Barnett, who has made six trips to Mexico in the past year, said she is haunted by the question of how her daughter overdosed in the first place.


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