19-year-old James Arvid is now being charged with battery on a uniformed security guard.1 As a drug and alcohol treatment center, we know that drugs like LSD can lead to dangerous or risky behavior. Any form of substance abuse can negatively impact a person’s mind and cause them to act out in ways that may put others and themselves at risk.
19-Year-Old Pompano Beach Teen on LSD Attacked A Security Guard at Disney World
The 41-year old security guard was patrolling the Dinoland USA area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom when Arvid attacked him from behind and put him in a headlock.1 Fortunately, the security guard was still able to reach his radio and call for help. While they waited for assistance to arrive, other guests were able to pull Arvid off of him.1 The Sheriff’s Office stated that investigators found the Broward teen in a state of excited delirium and claimed that he was abnormally strong, making it obvious that he was under the influence of some kind of drug. Luckily, they were able to secure him before anything else could occur.1
After being admitted into the hospital, Arvid claimed that he took LSD and tried to kill someone.2 The South Florida teen was found to also be under the influence of alcohol and seemed to have been suffering from heatstroke as well. This deadly combination is what caused Arvid to act out aggressively and behave erratically.2
LSD, also known as acid, is a potent, mind-altering hallucinogen made from lysergic acid that was first synthesized by Albert Hoffman.3 It’s illegally sold on the streets in tablets or gelatin squares. LSD effects can either be pleasurable or uncomfortably mind-altering. The most dangerous aspect of acid effects is their unpredictability. LSD may cause some people to feel euphoric, or it can cause severe anxiety, fear, panic, and depression. Some people may experience both sides of the spectrum at the same time. This could explain why the Broward teen on LSD attacked the security guard at Disney World.
Long-term LSD abuse can easily lead to addiction. Individuals who fall into the hole of drug abuse usually require professional treatment to safely recover. Without proper treatment, addiction can worsen and lead to brain damage, organ failure, heart problems, and mental illness. Individuals with preexisting health conditions may also suffer greatly as a result of drug abuse. People who are addicted to acid or any other substance can begin their treatment with our medically-monitored detox. Our staff safely and effectively treat the patient’s withdrawal symptoms and help them begin their addiction treatment with a clean slate.