She called 911 for a medical emergency. They treated her boyfriend like a criminal.
stock photo of paramedics loading a patient into an ambulance

A woman calls 911 to get help when her boyfriend has a diabetic seizure. The paramedics who arrived injected him with ketamine — known as a date rape drug — typically used by EMTs assisting police in arresting violently agitated suspects.

For the second time in two years, Hennepin Healthcare and the Minneapolis Police Department are facing public backlash for the use of ketamine, this time over allegations that paramedics sent a man to intensive care for two days after needlessly injecting him with the powerful sedative.

The patient, Max Johnson, suffered a diabetic seizure on July 26, according to a Facebook post from his girlfriend, Abby Wulfing. Minneapolis police and Hennepin Healthcare paramedics responded to Wulfing’s 911 call and repeatedly pressed her on Johnson’s drug use, unconvinced of Wulfing’s explanation that low-blood sugar caused the seizure, according to the post.

Dr. Michael Carome, a medical expert for the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, said the description of Johnson’s case speaks to a systemic problem.

“We have an emergency medicine system that too often seems to involve significant police response,” said Carome. “And there’s this reflexive use of powerful sedatives.” If a patient is suffering from low-blood sugar, “the last thing that person needs is treatment with potent sedatives.”

Read more in the Star Tribune.

This is an external article from our library

Everyone is talking about caregiving, but it can still be difficult to find meaningful information and real stories that go deep. We read (and listen to and watch and look at) the best content about caregiving and bring you a curated selection.

Have a great story about care work? Use our contact form to submit it to us so we can share it with the community!

Related Articles

Widow’s Peak

Widow’s Peak

She said she had something to tell me but that she was afraid. I reached for her trembling hand, telling her sweetly, naïvely, that it would be...

Sex and disability

Sex and disability

Scarleteen has a fantastic collection of articles on sex and disability. While I typically only share resources about care work or directed to the...

Popular categories

Finances
Burnout
After Caregiving
Housing
Relationships
Finding Meaning
Planning
Dying
Finding Support
Work
Grief

Don't see what you're looking for? Search the library

Share your thoughts

0 Comments

Share your thoughts and experiences

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Join our communities

Whenever you want to talk, there’s always someone up in one of our Facebook communities.

These private Facebook groups are a space for support and encouragement — or getting it off your chest.

Join our newsletter

Thoughts on care work from Cori, our director, that hit your inbox each Monday morning (more-or-less).

There are no grand solutions, but there are countless little ways to make our lives better.

Share your insights

Caregivers have wisdom and experience to share. Researchers, product developers, and members of the media are eager to understand the nature of care work and make a difference.

We have a group specifically to connect you so we can bring about change.