Horse owners and trainers are being warned to keep horse medications locked up in a safe place where intruders cannot get to them. In several incidents recently, horse medications have been stolen from equestrian facilities and horse barns and ingested by people who have ended up in emergency rooms.
Many horse medications, including tranquilizers have hallucinogenic properties that produce a wide range of effects in humans, depending on the properties, dosage, and potency of the drug.
Medical personel and police authorities say that, while the problem is not widespread currently, it is important for parents, teens, and everyone in general to be aware of the potentially deadly consequences of ingesting drugs not prescribed for a particular person and situation.
Horse medications that are similar in ways to human medications are often of greater strength and have different properties than those intended for humans.