The case of the salad shooters: Intravenous injection of wild lettuce extract

Michael E. Mullins, B. Zane Horowitz

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Abstract

Three young adult drug users obtained wild lettuce and valerian root, prepared a crude aqueous extract of the wild lettuce, and injected the extract iv. One also injected an alcohol extract of the valerian root. All 3 rapidly became ill with fevers, chills, abdominal pain, flank and back pain, neck stiffness, headache, leucocytosis and mild liver function abnormalities, but recovered over the next 3 d. Various literature and internet sources claim that wild lettuce has opiate properties not demonstrated in this case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-291
Number of pages2
JournalVeterinary and Human Toxicology
Volume40
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 8 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • veterinary(all)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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