A high-class "escort" is rushed to your emergency room complaining of headache, nausea, anxiety, and a metallic taste in her mouth. Things sound fishy since she was scheduled to testify against an unnamed politician of some repute next week. On exam, you detect a bitter almond odor on her breath. Her skin is a cherry red color. The following labs are normal: fingerstick glucose, acetaminophen, salicylates, pregnancy (though that would have made this even more juicy), EKG, and cooximetry. There is an anion gap acidosis.
Challenge: What is the mechanism of action? What is the antidote?
So in researching this case, I found out a bunch of smells related to drug overdoses. I don't actually expect anyone to attempt this.
Challenge: What are the drug overdoses associated with the following smells?
1. Fruity or acetone-like
5. Freshly mown hay
6. Rotten eggs
Here's the "Word Box" (note, some odors have more than one related agents and some agents have more than one odor!)
phosgene, arsenic, selenium, naphthalene, ethanol, chloroform, methyl salicylate, isopropyl alcohol, organophosphates, parathion, hydrogen sulfide.