Visine Poisoning in California Was a ‘Prank,’ Report Says

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 11, 2013 Last Updated: March 13, 2013
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Visine Poisoning: It was reported that a California man who poisoned his girlfriend with Visine did it as a “prank.”

Pfizer's Visine is displayed in a glass case at a Walgreens store June 26, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Pfizer's Visine is displayed in a glass case at a Walgreens store June 26, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

The incident where a California man was arrested last week for allegedly poisoning his girlfriend with Visine was described as a “prank,” it was reported Monday.

Grass Valley resident Shayne Carpenter, 27, allegedly put eye drops in his girlfriend’s drink and was later arrested on domestic violence and poisoning charges. He was released from jail after posting bail on Friday, reported ABC News.

The Daily Mail points out that the woman discovered incriminating texts of the so-called “prank.” Carpenter was apparently mad after the two got into a fight.

The woman told ABC that after they fought, she started to feel ill.

[Related: Alleged Visine Poisoning: Man Jailed for Spiking Girlfriend’s Drink]

“We got admissions from him over the phone, when he was admitting to her, that he had done this,” Lt. Steve Tripp of the Nevada County Sheriff Department told ABC News.

There is an urban legend that if one consumes Visine, it will lead to diarrhea and vomiting. However, U.S. National Institute of Health says that poisoning caused by tetrahydrozoline, the active ingredient in Visine, causes blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, and in worse cases, coma, seizures, and tremors.

“One thing tetrahydrozoline has not been known to do is to cause sudden onset bouts of severe diarrhea,” according to “Although this belief has been around for decades…there’s no documented evidence the product would have that effect.”

There have been several other incidents of people using Visine to poison others.

Luciana Reichel, a college student, was charged in 2011 with a felony for spiking her roommate’s water with Visine. She said that she copied the prank from the movie “Wedding Crashers,” according to the Daily Mail.

And last month, Vickie Jo Mills, a Pennsylvania woman, was sentenced to two to four years in prison for spiking her boyfriend’s drink with Visine around 10 and 12 different times, according to The Associated Press.

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