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Teens in Washington are being told a new trendy drug will give them the high of a lifetime. Twenty overdose deaths across the country are connected to the drug called NBOMe, and its popularity is just beginning.

The official name for this drug is 25I-NBOMe and it is a man-made hallucinogenic drug and derived from the substituted phenethylamine psychedelic 2C-I. It was exposed in 2003 by chemist Ralf Heim at the Free University of Berlin, who printed his results in his PhD study. NBOMe effects typically last 6–10 hours if taken buccally or sublingually. When it is insufflated the effects can generally last 4–6 hours. Effects can however last considerably longer depending on quantity; periods longer than 12 hours have been reported.

NBOMe can also be vaporized and inhaled; this may cause suggestively faster effects and shorter duration as is expected from that method of administering the drug. This route of doing the drug is however not suggested, unless when using specific liquid amount. NBOMe has comparable effects to LSD, though users report more undesirable effects while high and more danger of harm following use as related to other common psychedelics. NBOMe is sold online and by word-of-mouth. Message boards and websites give actual how-to tutorials and offer ‘trip reports’.

Douglas James, DEA Assistant, Special Agent in Charge stated “These are dangerous chemicals. You are playing Russian roulette when you put these in your body.” The Drug Enforcement Administration banned the drug late last year, just as it was getting a base. “It’s starting to gain popularity, it is a dangerous drug. It’s more potent than LSD. It takes micrograms, not gram levels, to feel the effects.”

In Washington State last year, 10 recognized NBOMe overdoses were informed to the Poison Control Center. Most of the fatalities were just 15 and 16-years-old.”This drug, along with other designer drugs, are concerning to the DEA. I have three young daughters, these drugs are peddled to the youth of America,” James said. The 18-year-old ASU freshman Anthony Carlson of Scottsdale, Arizona collapsed to his death the day after taking the man-made drug. Carlson had put a small number of droplets of the drug in his nose. Along with coming in liquid form, it’s also sold as a powder and in edible substances. Carlson bought it from a guy he met. Another Scottsdale’s teen died in a related overdose death earlier that year, also.

The DEA took what it refers to as an astonishing step, and as a matter of crisis the agency added NBOMe to its list of Schedule 1 controlled substances in November. Schedule 1 drugs have no presently established medical use, have a high possibility for abuse, and are the most hazardous of all drugs on the DEA’s drug schedules.

All of these new drugs and substances that today’s youth have started using are crazy to me. When I was in active addiction, all I wanted to do was get black-out drunk and do some prescription pills. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have tried these “new drugs” but it’s becoming an epidemic with how many people have been overdosing all over the country. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.




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