Police in one Humboldt County town are warning LSD users to beware after responding to a rash of incidents apparently connected to bad acid trips.
Arcata police say the problems began last month when officers responded to a home where paramedics found a 31-year-old man who had castrated himself. He told police he had flushed his parts down the toilet because they contained "monsters."
Earlier this month, a 21-year-old man who took LSD wandered into the forest for two days without adequate clothing or shoes. The next day, a 19-year-old man became violent while having flashbacks two weeks after taking the drug.
Then officers found an 18-year-old man on LSD throwing himself to the ground in the middle of the street.
Arcata police Chief Tom Chapman says the department could not say whether the bad trips are due to contaminated LSD or increased use of the drug.
"I hate to call it a bad trip," Chapman told the Times-Standard, "but they're having a bad trip."