The headline may be humorous, but the actual situation is devastating.
At an alternative medicine conference in Hamburg, Germany over the weekend, 29 people ended up in a hospital after taking a very real, very potent drug:
The patients, aged between 24 and 56, were found suffering from delusions, breathing problems, racing hearts and cramps, with some in a serious condition, Deutsche Welle reported.
Tests on their blood and urine revealed they had all taken hallucinogenic drug 2C-E, which is known as Aquarust in Germany and has been illegal there since the end of last year.
It’s unclear if they were aware of what they were taking. For all we know, they thought they were taking a completely harmless homeopathic drug, as part of a “drug experiment.”
The Association of German Healing Practitioners has distanced itself from the event:
“Unfortunately, the conference in Handeloh has severely damaged the image of the alternative medicine profession… and we have clarified that such acts are not in the spirit of natural therapy, and contradict our values both morally and legally…”
Well, the image of alternative medicine was damaged long before this incident took place…
It’s almost comical that homeopaths are fretting over this illegal drug while simultaneously promoting useless ones. It’s not exactly a step up.
That said, I hope all the victims recover without lasting effects.
(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Matt for the link)