Sure enough, tests had come back positive for marijuana and benzodiazepines — a class of drugs that includes anxiety medications like Xanax.
"He was fine. He was just rather high on drugs," Irene said. "There’s no way of us knowing how he got ahold of the drugs, but I’ve heard of dogs picking things up while on walks. It could have been a pot cookie or muffin that someone threw out. Who knows?"
This is the first time the rescue center has had to deal with a drug-intoxicated wild animal before, but fortunately, the treatment was rather simple.
"All that we could do for the raccoon was bring him back to the center and put him a dark, quiet place. He recovered in about eight hours," Irene said. "He was fine. He might have been a little hungover, but he was 100 percent better compared to when he first came in."
That evening, the raccoon was ready for release back into the wild.