Arcata is a tiny coastal town in Northern California, known for its beautiful redwood forests. But over the past few weeks, a series of bizarre events suggest that somebody is selling seriously bad drugs to the town residents.
According to the Arcata Eye:
On April 18, officers responded to a residence to assist the Arcata Mad River Ambulance with a 31-year-old male subject who had just castrated himself. Medical personnel and officers were unable to locate the subject's testicles. He later told officers that he flushed them down the toilet as he feared they contained "monsters."
The victim, who police say had a Tennessee address, was with several friends when he began to experience negative feelings. He was dropped off at the Jay Street residence, to which Arcata Police responded at 4:18 p.m. that day.
"We just thought it was an isolated incident," said Police Chief Tom Chapman. He said calls to aid people having a bad experience with LSD or psilocybin mushrooms are "not uncommon." But a flurry of subsequent incidents represent an unusual surge in LSD-related calls for service.
On May 8, a 21-year-old male subject took LSD and wandered away from his residence. He left his shoes, adequate clothing, and cell phone behind and did not tell anyone where he was going. He wandered around the forest for days while concerned friends and family looked for him. He eventually returned a couple days later.
On May 9, officers responded to the Mad River Hospital to assist with a combative 19-year-old male subject who was undergoing "flashbacks." The subject had ingested LSD two weeks ago. Today, officers found him standing in the field being held by three friends who were attempting to get him into the emergency room. The friends were requesting police assistance and wanted their friend to get help. The officers detained the subject and held him for psychiatric evaluation by Humboldt County Mental Health.
Last night, officers responded to the 900 block of H Street where an 18-year-old male subject, who was under the influence of LSD, was throwing himself on the ground in the middle of the street. He was arrested and taken to jail.
Also last night, May 11,officers from APD assisted officers from UPD arrest a subject who was under the influence of LSD.
Officers from the Arcata Police Department also had two additional contacts with unrelated subjects undergoing "flashbacks." Both were cared for by friends and family. One subject was taken out of the area and back home by his family.
Several people commenting on this post on the Arcata Eye website have pointed out that this is an unusually large number of people having bad experiences on LSD - even for a community that's a haven for hippies. Some suggest that these people aren't actually taking LSD-25, but some other chemical that's being sold as LSD but is in fact something like MDMA (ecstasy) mixed with speed or heroin. Be careful out there, psychonauts.
via Arcata Eye