Prisoners drop acid, have crazy bad trip

Can you imagine taking LSD inside a prison cell? Seems like it'd almost certainly result in a bad trip.

According to a Star Tribune report, a group of inmates at the state prison in Faribault tested that theory on Christmas Eve. And predictably, they had bad trips.

In what sounds like a scene straight from Breaking Bad, the inmates apparently distributed LSD during a Narcotics Anonymous meeting Christmas Eve morning. It's unclear how Santa got the LSD strips into prison, though drug smuggling is a near-daily event at lock-ups like the one in Faribault, which is the largest in the state.

The Strib describes the "series of LSD events" that took place beginning that afternoon:

About 12:33 p.m. on Dec. 24, guards found an inmate in his room, lying on the floor and unresponsive. The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Faribault, and doctors there ordered that he be airlifted to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

At 3:10 p.m., a second prisoner was so out of control in his room that he was sprayed with a chemical irritant and then restrained. He, too, was taken to the hospital and then airlifted to Abbott Northwestern. Five minutes later, guards found another prisoner acting in a similar manner, and he also was airlifted to Minneapolis.

Just past 7 p.m., a prisoner notified guards of blood on the floor of his room and on his roommate's bed sheets. The man's wounds, apparently self-inflicted, were severe enough that guards applied pressure to stop the bleeding. He was eventually flown to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Three minutes later, guards found another inmate disoriented and face down in his room. He said he'd taken prescription drugs and was transported to the local hospital and was returned to the prison the next day.

At 10:30 p.m., another inmate was discovered out of control in his room. He was sprayed with a chemical irritant and then restrained by the staff. He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul.

By the time the evening was over, an entire wing of one unit was under lockdown.

The hospitalized inmates recovered and were later returned to the prison.

The slammer in Faribault isn't exactly Woodstock, but nonetheless some inmates were apparently looking to expand their minds this holiday season. Unfortunately, prison bars and plaster walls don't make for very good eye candy -- something to keep in mind if you ever find yourself considering a prison-cell acid trip.

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