San Marcos Treatment Center was cited by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for deficiencies related to patient rights and medication security after a child was able to access, and ingest, 80 tablets of acetaminophen in a suicide attempt.
DFPS received a self-report from the facility stating that medications were not secured and a resident was able to access and take approximately 80 tablets of Tylenol in a suicide attempt. DFPS found that the medication room door was left open by a nurse on duty for approximately 14 minutes. During that time, a child was able to access the unlocked medication room and steal an entire bottle of Tylenol.
DFPS noted that “significant medical treatment was required. The child was hospitalized for 3 days and had to be taken by helicopter to a specialty facility.”