Oklahoma FD Sued Over Meth-Related Death

The father of a Oklahoma man who died after ingesting methamphetamine, has filed suit against the local police department, the county sheriff, the responding fire department and the hospital claiming each was somehow responsible for his son’s death. Carl Edward Adams, Sr. filed suit against the Sperry Police Department, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department, St. John’s Health System, Inc., and the Country Corner Fire Department alleging negligence and wrongful death over the death of his son, Carl Edward Adams, Jr.

Adams, Sr. alleges that a sheriff’s deputy administered a meth antidote referred to as a “cocktail” to his so, Bo. The antidote caused Bo to go into cardiac arrest. According to the complaint:

  • On or about May 27, 2019, Sperry Police Department officers responded to a call from Carl Adams regarding his son, Bo Adams, who was ill from ingesting a substance believed to be some sort of methamphetamine.
  • Failing to render any aid or assistance, the Sperry Police officers notified the Tulsa County Sheriff’s department who dispatched deputies in response to the call.
  • Upon arrival, three, unidentified Sheriff’s deputies discussed administering to Bo Adams some unknown compound they brought with them, referred to by them as a “cocktail”, to counteract the ill effects of the methamphetamine substance Bo Adams had ingested.
  • Upon information and belief, neither of the Sheriff’s deputies had any experience administering the “cocktail”.
  • Rather than wait a few minutes for an ambulance and medical technicians from CCFD to arrive, one of the Sheriff’s deputies negligently injected Bo Adams with the “cocktail”, which caused him to go into immediate cardiac arrest.
  • Following the arrival of the CCFD ambulance, Bo Adams’ lifeless body was loaded into the ambulance for transport to St. John.
  • Upon information and belief, the medical technicians of CCFD revived Bo Adams while in route to St. John but were otherwise negligent in failing to render to him appropriate, emergency treatment to counteract the ill effects of the “cocktail” he had been injected with by one of the Sheriff’s deputies.
  • Upon information and belief, Bo Adams received negligent care and treatment by St. John personnel, which contributed to cause his death, including the failure of St. John’s health care personnel to administer the appropriate and necessary treatment to counteract the ill effects of the “cocktail” Bo Adams had been injected with by one of the Sheriff’s deputies.
  • As a result of the negligent acts and/or negligent omissions to act of the Defendants, and each of them, Bo Adams was pronounced dead while at St. John.

Here is a copy of the complaint:

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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