Inmates sick after eating plant

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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