PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) - Authorities have reported that five Manatee County Jail inmates were hospitalized after ingesting a poisonous flower that can cause a "recreational high."
According to officials, the low-security inmates were clearing overgrowth in Palmetto Wednesday afternoon when they ate a plant called angel's trumpet.
The plant can cause elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation and violent behavior.
In some cases, people who ingest the plant can slip into a coma or die.
The inmates were taken to nearby hospitals, and their conditions
ranged from mild to serious.