We aren't talking about a kid who has a couple of beers at age 17 or something: this is a potentially deadly psychotropic hallucinogen which may or may not be strychnine (rat poison).
If a human model had been used to determine the dose of LSD for the elephant, the dose would be in the neighborhood of 0.003 mg/kg. For a 60 - 100kg human, doses of .2mg (200 micrograms) is enough to cause substantial clinical effects. Based on this, the calculated dose for an elephant of Tusko's size (3000 kg) would be about 9mg of LSD. West et al.'s choice to inject Tusko with 297mg was more than 30 times the effective oral dose for a human of Tusko's weight.
So now it's the hospital causing the damage but not the drug? This kind of drug can cause mental illness an induce schizophrenia. Are we purposefully overlooking the severity of the documented side effects?
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