A Florida family got the surprise of their lives recently when the steaks they bought at their local Wal-Mart turned out to be laced with the drug LSD, more commonly know as acid. The family was jangled with hallucinations and other symptoms from the acid and had to go to the hospital for treatment.
The unsuspecting Tampa family purchased the bottom round steaks and cooked them for dinner. Soon after eating, however, Ronnie Morales, 24, became seriously ill with rapid heartbeat, troubled breathing and hallucinations. Girlfriend Jessica Rosado, who was nine months pregnant, rushed him to the hospital. Soon after, she became ill and was rushed to a woman’s hospital to have labor induced.
Later, Rosado’s two young daughters, ages 6 and 7, started having the same kind of symptoms as Morales.
A police and medical examiner investigation soon uncovered the fact that the meat the family had eaten was tainted with LSD. It is still a mystery where the LSD came from or how it got into the steaks. Wal-Mart’s meat comes prepackaged by a distributor and store employees do not have occasion to touch it. Police took all the store’s bottom round steaks for more investigation.
The family appears to have returned to normal. Rosado had her baby and both of them appear to be in good health. Doctors were initially worried about possible birth defects to the baby.
The family had just moved into their new home and the steaks were the first meal they had in the new residence.
The police do not believe the family was involved. At the same time, Wal-Mart is said to be cooperating fully in the investigation. Surveillance video is being examined to see if anyone placed the LSD into the meat while in the store.
LSD is the abbreviation for lysergic acid diethylamide and is often referred to as “acid.” It is well documented that the drug causes profound psychological effects such as altering the mind’s thinking processes, creating open eye and closed eye hallucinations, synesthesia and producing a radically different feeling of time.
The drug first made headlines during the counterculture days of the 1960s. While attention has focused in the media recently on such drugs as heroin, cocaine and marijuana because of the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, LSD is not considered a mass-market drug. Drug experts believe, however, there are a few large-scale manufacturers and distributors of LSD in the U.S. as well as small, clandestine dealers who work on a local scale. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) still actively pursues the larger distributors.
LSD is also known as California sunshine and Electric Kool-Aid and was first sold in the streets in the early 1960s. A small does of 24 micrograms is enough for someone to feel the effects. LSD is also cheaper than many other street drugs.
LSD is illegal to produce, buy, possess, process, or distribute without a DEA license.
A number of notable people have said that they have experimented with the drug, including the late Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, Bill Gates of Microsoft, writer Aldous Huxley, the late Steve Jobs of Apple, former Beatle Ringer Starr and former Beatles, the late John Lennon and George Harrison. The Florida family is happy to have their lives back to normal after having been scared and jangled by LSD-laced steaks.
By Jim McCullaugh