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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Veterinary and Human Toxicology|
|State||Published - Oct 8 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis