During the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people have been relying on delivery services and online retailers such as Amazon to supply them with their everyday needs and wants. Some popular products, such as face masks have even been on back order, as many individuals quarantined at home attempt the order them online. But Maryland residents may be surprised to hear that, in rare cases, the Amazon package left on your front porch may not be what you ordered at all. It could, instead, be the result of a major Maryland pharmaceutical error or package mix-up, like the package left on a California woman’s door earlier this month.
As reported by one local news source, a woman in California was recently excited to see an Amazon package on her front porch. As many of us would, she thought it was her order, which had been on back order and took a while to be delivered. Instead, when she opened it, she found something else entirely: seven bottles of powerful narcotics, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, along with an invoice from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Of course, the woman wants to know how all of these powerful pills—literally hundreds—ended up in her Amazon package.
A DEA Special agent stated that he believes a pharmacy that was attempting to dispose of the drugs used a third-party shipper to send the package to Texas for proper disposal. However, the shipping labels may have been switched, leading to the unfortunate mix-up. Amazon, in a written statement, said it thought that perhaps the seller made the error, and instead of shipping the requested product they incorrectly included the drugs. Whatever the case may be, the DEA is investigating the incident. The drugs in the package are extremely dangerous, so the DEA wants to make sure there’s nothing more sinister going on.
While, fortunately, the woman who received the package did not take the drugs, and no one was harmed, this story could have turned out worse. Had a child found and opened the package before her, for example, they may have taken some of the drugs. Drugs with that power are incredibly dangerous, particularly in that quantity and without a prescription or medical advice, so this could have turned into a severe pharmaceutical error leading to illness, injuries, or perhaps even death.
Contact a Maryland Pharmacy Error Attorney
No matter what the circumstances are that lead to a Maryland pharmacy error, the victims may suffer severe consequences, including lifelong injuries, illness, or even death. When this happens, Maryland law allows the victims to file a civil negligence suit against whoever is responsible for the error, potentially holding them liable for their mistakes and the harm they caused. For help with this process, contact the dedicated attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, Personal Injury Lawyers. With decades of experience, and a proven track record of recovering for our clients, you can trust our attorneys to work around the clock and zealously advocate for your rights. Learn more by calling us today, risk-free, at 800-654-1949. You can also contact us through our online form.