Bellevue Man Nearly Dies After Taking DMT
A Bellevue man's near-lethal dose of a psychedelic drug is raising concerns of an emergency room physician.
Emergency room physician Dr. Jeff Snyder said the drug known as DMT doesn't have much of a positive use.
"That's what the chemical is supposed to do, give you a near-death experience," said Snyder.
Police said that when they went to a home near 30th and Harrison streets in early January, Terrance Sutton told them he thought he was going to die.
When he recovered, police accused him of possessing a controlled substance. Benjamin Jones was charged with distribution of the drug.
"This particular chemical interferes with your pineal gland," Snyder said. "That's your master gland and controls all of your glands. I hate to think it would shut off your master gland and who knows if it would start again."
Bellevue police said the men ordered DMT off the Internet. Many of the sites selling it are international distributors.
Snyder said that, in itself, is dangerous.
"Anytime you're ordering anything on the Internet, you don't know what you're getting and what it's really supposed to do to you, besides the folklore on the street that you hallucinate, have a near-death experience and (it) trips you out," Snyder said.
Snyder said he hasn't seen a DMT overdose in his emergency room and hopes Sutton's experience is the last scare with the dangerous drug. Both Sutton and Jones made court appearances on Wednesday and are free on bond.
February 3, 2010
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