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Vet Hum Toxicol. 1998 Oct;40(5):290-1.

The case of the salad shooters: intravenous injection of wild lettuce extract.

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Oregon Poison Center, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland 97201-3098, USA.

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 i.v. 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.

PMID:
9778767
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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