COOS BAY, Oregon — Stay away from the brown acid, man.
Authorities were forced to quarantine the emergency room of an Oregon hospital after a 78-year-old woman, her caregiver, two cops and a hospital worker were stricken with unexplained hallucinations.
The episode began early Wednesday morning when the elderly woman’s caregiver called 911 to report that a group of people were trying to tear the roof off her car, the Coos Bay sheriff’s office told the Oregonian.
A deputy was dispatched to scene but found nothing wrong. When the 52-year-old caregiver called back a second time to complain about the same thing, police decided to take her to the hospital to have her evaluated.
Soon afterwards, the two responding officers, Deputies Doug Miller and David Blalack, as well as the 78-year-old and a hospital employee, all began to suffer from hallucinations and were hospitalized.
A Haz-mat team checked the elderly woman’s house and the officers’ vehicles and clothing and found no sign of contamination that might explain the mass hallucination. Investigators initially thought that patches delivering Fetanyl — a powerful narcotic painkiller the 78-year-old was taking — may have been the cause, but determined that all the woman’s medication was accounted for.
Both officers were released from the hospital the following day. The hospital worker was determined to have been suffering from flu symptoms. The elderly woman and her aide remained in the hospital under observation. The quarantine on the ER was lifted the following day.