Fifteen ASH patients discovered high on methamphetamine

May 11, 2018

A total of 15 Atascadero State Hospital patients recently tested positive for methamphetamine, while others quartered in ASH could, as well, have been under the influence of the drug. [Cal Coast Times]

State hospital officials administered drug tests after some patients appeared to be under the influence. The drug tests were not mandatory, and seven patients refused the testing.

ASH staffers only administered the drug tests to patients who appeared to be under the influence. No staff members were drug tested.

Following the drug testing, on April 20, authorities placed ASH on lockdown. The lockdown of the hospital lasted four days.

ASH police searched all areas inside the secured treatment area of the hospital with help from Coalinga State Hospital K-9s. Authorities also stopped visitation and restricted patient movement during the lockdown.

The source of the methamphetamine remains unclear. Authorities have not made any arrests over the contraband brought into the state hospital.

Officials say there have been no known acts of aggression directly associated with the methamphetamine. Nonetheless, physical assaults carried out by patients frequently occur in ASH.

An investigation into methamphetamine supply is ongoing.


Why should the patients have the right to refuse a drug test. Makes no sense


They get it the same way prisoners do, the guards and staff bring it in, and make a nice bit of $$$$ doing it.


Easy to figure out where the drugs came from. I have lived in Atascadero for over 40 years and the first thing I learned about ASH is that there is a very fine line between the people that live there and people that work there. Yes, I know that there are good employees at ASH, but that does not change the accuracy of what I said.

Jorge Estrada

What would be the consequences if a PATIENT were to die from a smuggled drug overdose?

Russ J

Probably 50 -100 K$ savings or redirected social resources.