Gainesville man jumps through window after eating psilocybin mushrooms
A 20-year-old Gainesville man who jumped through a window after eating psilocybin mushrooms was found naked and bleeding early Saturday morning near the Chipotle on University Avenue.
After ingesting the hallucinogenic mushrooms, Nicholas Koster stripped down naked, jumped through a first floor window and then ran from his friends’ apartment at 111 NW 15th Terrace after they called 911, said Gainesville Police Department spokesman Officer Ben Tobias in an email.
Police officers found Koster on the west side of Chipotle at about 4 a.m., Tobias said. Koster’s back was cut from the broken window. Police did not arrest him.
People who take psilocybin mushrooms often experience psychological effects, said Alfred Aleguas, managing director for the Florida Poison Information Center, but physical injury can occur. He said people who purchase the drugs illicitly do not know how strong the drugs can be.
“You really don’t know what you’re buying,” he said.
Alexa Volland wrote this story online.
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