Drugs: Just Say No, Rover

Just Say No, Rover

Police work is full of occupational hazards. But canine cops working the drug beat face a special risk: getting high, and sometimes fatally intoxicated, on the stashes they are trained to sniff out. Veterinarian Val Beasley of the University of Illinois reports that his office receives about six calls a year concerning overdosed police dogs. "They don't eat the drugs because they like them," he explains. "In the excitement of the chase, they inadvertently inhale or swallow them when they pick up the objects in their mouths."

Because the caches nosed out by doggy detectives may be uncut and especially potent,...

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