After this interminable legislative session filled with senators waxing profusely about the Idaho Constitution’s mandate to protect the temperance and sobriety of the people, we were surprised to see an announcement of the opening of a lounge in Boise where Idahoans can walk in off the street and get an intravenous drip to treat the effects of a drug overdose.
The business is called Elevated Hydration, and as reported by Statesman reporter Michael Deeds, it “provides a wide range of IV therapies to help Idahoans live their best lives.”
Ethanol is one of two legal recreational drugs in the state of Idaho. According to the Idaho Office of Drug Policy, ethanol causes “437 deaths and 12,311 years of potential life” lost every year as of 2020. In addition to death, ethanol use in Idaho costs the state $1.62 per dose in healthcare, productivity, and other costs.
Those costs derive from the devastating impact ethanol has on healthy cells and organs, as well as its physically-impairing and personality-changing effects. One-in-six Idahoans is known to regularly overdose on ethanol, defined as more than five doses in a single episode. Idahoans use more ethanol—7.4 doses on average—when they overdose as compared to the national average.
Those Idahoans also harm others. Fully one quarter of the Idahoans who die as a result of traffic collisions were killed by a driver high on ethanol. When those drivers’ blood is tested, 82.5 percent of the time it is found to have twice the legal limit of ethanol in blood, as compared to the national average of 70 percent.
One of the IV therapies that Elevated Hydration is offering is called “The Hangover,” using a colloquial reference to someone who is suffering the effects of an ethanol overdose. For just $150, they will stick a needle in your arm to treat your overdose.
“Too many cocktails? This cocktail will reset your day,” Elevated Hydration promises on its website. “This killer infusion,” it says, includes electrolytes plus anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory drugs — “to return you to normalcy.”
And if you don’t happen to be suffering the effects of an ethanol overdose? Elevated Hydrations is happy to help you have one!
Elevated Hydration’s grand opening party isn’t until May 7. That’s when curious Idahoans will find a wine bar and refreshments from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Unfortunately, wine will not be served intravenously. (Or … will it!)