Monday, May 11, 2009
Shouldn't have had that V8
People overdose on lots of things. Sometimes it's intentional (either they want to die or just get someone's attention) or unintentional. Most of the intentional ones get to see the psychiatrist; some of the accidental ones do too. When this happens, they get cleared in the medicine ER then sent to the psych ER. What follows is an actual report from the nurse in the medicine ER on a patient coming for a psych eval.
46-year-old homeless white female, found down in the field with unidentified male. The female responded to Narcan (a drug that blocks the action of opiates), but the male did not and coded in the ER and died. EMS reported finding heroin paraphernalia on the scene. They were also drinking beer mixed with tomato juice.
It's that last vital piece of information that threw me for a loop. I guess they thought that the tomato juice played a factor in the overdose. Or maybe that the tomatoes were tainted with Salmonella and he died of acute sepsis.
Either way, kids, the next time you see that commercial, just remember: V8 kills.
Posted by SerenityNow at 4:58 PM