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May052011

Child Poisoned by Noodles Cooked in PCP Pot

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- A five-year-old Connecticut girl is listed in stable condition after she was accidentally fed noodles laced with the illegal hallucinogen PCP Monday. The girl’s mother, Hope Brodie, 26, had cooked PCP in a kitchen pot on Sunday, and the same pot was used by a relative the next day to make the child's dinner.

Brodie has been charged with risk of injury to a minor, and the Department of Children and Families has become involved in the case.

"The child presented with the typical PCP-like effects, and the hospital consulted with us," says Buddy Sangalli, director of the Connecticut Poison Center. "With pediatric patients especially, the hospital will often consult with a poison center."

PCP, originally developed in the 1950s as an intravenous surgical anesthetic, can cause delusions and hallucinations, often giving users feelings of invincibility. PCP poisoning in a child can also cause change in body temperature, increased blood pressure, seizures and even coma. It can also indirectly damage the kidneys and muscles, Sangalli says.  

The five-year-old Connecticut girl became hyperactive and confused. She also claimed she had four noses, according to Medical News Today.

"Adults who take the drug are somewhat prepared for what to expect from it. A child would have a more severe reaction and might be more frightened, which might affect their overall body function and put extra stress on the heart," says Sangalli.

In 2009, 17 kids age five and younger were reported to poison centers with PCP exposure, according to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

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