"My understanding is that it speeds up your heart and gives you anxiety," he said.
Dr. Elizabeth Sharman, head of the West Virginia Poison Center, hadn't researched the case but said it's the first fatality she's heard of in the state.
"What we stress is that there is no safe way to get high," Sharman said. "This drug is changing the neurochemical behavior of your brain. It's not suspiring at all that these drugs can cause death."
Her office rarely receives emergency calls related to LSD, but said overdose can still happen.
LSD affects serotonin receptors in the brain and can cause serious long-term side effects. It's manufactured in amateur laboratories around the country and Federal Drug Enforcement Agency officials have warned that LSD manufacturers vary in their experience and with the chemicals they use.
Renzelman, a chemist at a nuclear power plant in Washington, apparently manufactured hundreds of doses of LSD from his home, Downey said. Authorities allegedly found a collection of research chemicals used in LSD production and an apparent working lab.
Downey said Renzelman sold eight doses of LSD to Todd Honaker and mailed it to him in an anniversary greeting card late last month. Inside the card, Renzelman included instructions on how to ingest the LSD and prices to buy more.
"He included a letter also asking if [Honaker] wanted a larger quantity and he would get it for him for a reduced price," Downey said. "He said he would sell 100 hits for $300."
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