Birmingham, AL asked in Health Care Law, Personal Injury and Criminal Law for North Carolina

Q: Can anything legally be done about someone sneaking alcohol into hospital patient in liver failure (north carolina).

My brother-in-law is lying to everyone about my sister's condition. The doctor states that she might survive but she can never have alcohol again. The nurses state that he keeps trying to bring in items from home, including medications. In the past, he has brought in miniature bottles of alcohol. We keep asking them to do toxicology screenings, but nothing done yet. I know it sounds paranoid, but we fear he is trying to kill her. We don't know what to do, and even more complicated is we live in another state over 600 miles away.

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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A: Maybe the family has to have a neutral do an intervention on him? She certainly seems to be enabled. Problem is that as the spouse it's tough to bar him. suggest you discuss this with social workers. If you keep him away will she feel better? Alienated from the rest of you? It's less legal than psycho-social.

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