By Sean Gagnier
Williamston Post staff writer
The two Williamston residents who were recently sent to Sparrow Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit after an incident involving mephedrone have been charged with felonies. The victims were sent to Sparrow Hospital on Sept. 29 after they suffered side-effects of “drone.”
Sparrow Hospital accepted the 22-year-old male and 18-year-old female from Williamston after they ingested methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV. MDPV is a designer drug that is frequently sold as bath salts said Williamston Police. Over the summer the Michigan legislature passed a bill outlawing “drone,” classifying it as a Schedule 1 drug, which is a drug with no medical uses that also poses a high risk of abuse.
Both victims were picked up by ambulance and escorted to Sparrow Hospital after Williamston Police were able to get them under control. Reports stated that the female was hysterical and waving her arms when police found the victims. The victims spent nine days in the hospital recovering.
An employee at the Sparrow Hospital Intensive Care Unit was not familiar with mephedrone and declined further comment on the subject.
The victims were cooperating with police as the investigation continued and they have been charged with possessing a controlled substance, which carries with it a maximum two-year penalty.
Numerous calls to the Williamston Police Department went unreturned. The two victims were expected to turn themselves into police once they were released from Sparrow Hospital.
According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, about 86 patients were admitted to emergency rooms in Michigan with mephedrone abuse between Nov. 13, 2010 and June 16, 2011.