Is that anthrax? Nope, just cocaine

By Terrapinzflyer · Oct 11, 2009 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Is that anthrax? Nope, just cocaine

    The University of Utah emergency room was locked down for more than an hour Sunday morning after staff found a white powdery substance that turned out to be cocaine.

    It was found about 8 a.m. inside five plastic bags carried by a male trauma patient, said hospital spokeswoman Ryann Rasmussen. Patients were diverted to other local hospitals while the ER was locked down.

    Salt Lake City Fire Department haz-mat teams tested the substance, found it was not harmful, and reopened the ER about 9:30 a.m. It was later confirmed to be cocaine.

    "University Hospital staff is very highly trained to be very vigilant and very alert of things that may not be right or may cause concern, in order to be very cautious of patient and staff safety," Rasmussen said. The man was put under police custody.

    By Lindsay Whitehurst
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Updated: 10/11/2009 01:23:30 PM MDT

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  1. killthehat
    Swims hates to see stuff like this because once he gets out of prison he will probably not go into a hospital even if it is needed after this. Hospitals jobs are to help people, not create a crazy paranoia of hospitals by getting people who show up for help arrested:mad:
  2. corvardus
    Seriously, though where do you draw the line? The hospital thought the substance was anthrax. Hai2u 9/11 paranoia.

    The police turned up because of the anthrax scare, not because of the cocaine. The substance later turned out to be cocaine, the police loving a good drug bust would take the individual into custody.

    The guy turned up with carrier bags of cocaine for christ sake. I'm presuming when you get out of prison if you need medical attention you won't be taking carrier bags of cocaine to Casulaty, would you?

    If the answer is no, then you really have nothing to worry about.
  3. RoboCodeine7610
    Anthrax??Are you serious?

    I mean c'mon!Who the fuck carries anthrax in a fucking plastic bag???
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