The girl took the drug by accident, sort of. I can't remember for sure but either she didn't know that the cold med was really methadone and took it so that it would put her to sleep or she knew it was methadone, and wanted to scare her bf because she was angry with him for not staying in the cabin with her. Typical bratty behavior.
The parents are saying that the Dr. on the Carnival ship did not bring 'anti-O.D." medication when he responded to the cabin nor were there any anti-OD drugs on the ship. The parents are claiming that had the Dr. should have known to bring anti-OD meds with him to the cabin. There is some sort of drug that ER's give to drug overdose victims. Carnival does not stock this particular medication because -- there should be no illegal drugs onboard.
There are three issues here. One, the bf snuck the drugs onboard. There is a place on the reservation to note any medical issues. Theoretically, the bf was suppose to tell Carnival that he was bringing methodone and give Carnival a chance to agree to let it onboard or to nix his reservation. The bf did not. The bf's fault.
The second is that based on Carnival's contract, they carry a "limited supply" of emergency drugs and are held hold harmless from any claims based on what Carnival "does not" normally keep in their infirmary. Basically, Carnival will treat you but are held harmless from any damages arising from their medical services. Victim's fault.
Third, the girl was dead by the time the boyfriend discovered her and he did not call the ship's Dr. immediately. First he panicked and tried to figure out a way to clean the mess up. BF's fault
I have seen a news show about this case before. The girl was no angel either. Granted she did not do illegal drugs herself but she had her own issues and was not the nun that her parents painted her out to be.
The parents so want to blame someone, anyone with deep pockets. Truth be told, it is the BF's fault as well as the victim. Even if it was actually cold med in the bottle, she purposely took an OD of that so as to use it as a sleeping aid. However, the BF has no money so the parents sue Carnival. Frivilous and totally without merit IMHO.
Another case of Death by Self-Misadventure.
Carnival probably will not settle this case b/c they followed the rules by the book and so many people (young and old) misbehave on their ships to their own detriment.
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