Police: White powder that left New Hampshire hospital workers ill contained meth

Police have identified the illegal drug contained in a bag ripped open two weeks ago at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H., according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Police struggled with Manchester resident Theodore Macenas when they realized he was concealing drugs on his body. Mr. Macenas was attempting to swallow an unidentified white powdery substance during the struggle, causing the plastic bag to rip, according to previous police reports.

Methamphetamine was contained in the bag that contaminated the bathroom and an adjacent hallway at the hospital on Nov. 16, according to police. The incident caused six hospital workers to fall ill. All six were examined by medical staff and did not require treatment, said Susanna Fier, vice president of public affairs and marketing at Elliot Health System.

Mr. Macenas was arrested on a domestic violence-related charge and brought to Elliot Hospital after he requested medical treatment, according to police. He was then charged with domestic simple assault, four counts of possession of a controlled drug and falsifying physical evidence.

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