Saturday, September 27, 2003

4 teens critical from bad weed

The Associated Press

LIMA - Four teenagers ate a toxic hallucinogenic weed and were in critical condition Friday, with two on life support, authorities said.

The four Shawnee High School students, ages 17 and 18, late Thursday night consumed the seed of the jimson weed, said Shawnee Township police Chief Richard Kohli.

The poisonous, flowering weed - commonly found in farm fields - can cause hallucinations, nausea, blurred vision, convulsions and bring on a coma if ingested.

Kohli said the seed is the most toxic part of the plant.

The students were taken to St. Rita's Medical Center Friday.

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