'Misidentified' Man Locked Up in Psychiatric Hospital Was Lucky to Be Injected With Dangerous Drugs

hallwayThe way I see it, you've got your cases of mistaken identity, and you've got your cases of MISTAKEN IDENTITY, and this story definitely falls into the latter category. Because when a healthy man is "mistaken" for a recently-escaped mentally ill "involuntary patient" and locked up in a psychiatric hospital, that's not a mistake. That's a MISTAKE. Especially when that healthy man is injected with incredibly strong antipsychotic drugs. Which, by the way, damn near killed him. And it's a good thing, too! But I'll get to that part in a minute.


It all started when the aforementioned "involuntary patient" somehow managed to leave the psychiatric hospital in Western Perth, Australia. Police were, of course, notified, and two days later when they saw a man who fit the description, they picked him up. Presumably at this point the guy was like, Crikey! Hold on, mates! You've got it all wrong! Lemme go! (Because he's Australian, remember?) Presumably at that point the cops looked at each other and rolled their eyes and muttered, Yeah, that's what they all say. (Because that probably IS what they all say.) 

Things only got worse when they got to the mental hospital, where silly means of identification like fingerprints apparently aren't considered important. Crikey! said the staff. (Because.) That's him all right, sneaky devil. And then, for reasons unknown which probably involve lots of thrashing around and shouting, they injected the man with the anti-schizophrenia medication Clozapine, a drug known for such potentially dangerous adverse reactions it's generally reserved for use in "the treatment of severely ill patients who fail to show an acceptable response to adequate courses of standard antipsychotic drug treatment." And then, naturally, the guy had an adverse reaction.


Pretty much your worst nightmare, right? But consider this: If not for his adverse reaction, the guy might never have been transferred to a regular hospital and then what?! He mighta been stuck in the psych ward FOREVER! Shudder. (I feel like I've seen that movie. Have you seen that movie? What IS that movie?) Anyway. 

Would you sue the psychiatric hospital if you were this man?


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