New Synthetic Drug "Smiles" Potent & Deadly
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 24, 2012 @ 8:01PM
Created on September 24, 2012 @ 7:05PM
Over the past couple of years, synthetic drugs like K-2, "spice," and bath salts have become popular with teens, young adults, and drug addicts looking for another way to get high. Police are working to get those drugs classified as illegal substances. But one by one, they've triggered a domino affect of more potent versions, because yet another synthetic drug has made its way on to the market.
A new synthetic drug called 2C-I, better known by it's street name "Smiles" is slowly becoming a serious, and in some cases deadly problem in several parts of our country.
Smile's effects have been described as a combination of MDMA and LSD, but even more potent. Users experience a speedy charge, along with intense hallucinations that can last anywhere from a few hours, to a few days.
Apparently the drug comes as a liquid or a pill, but it's difficult to measure in powder form. That's why it's easy to end up overdosing on the drug.
Overdoses have been reported in North Dakota, Indiana, and Minnesota. But law enforcement officials said it's only a matter of time before the drug makes it's way to our state.
"Everybody's looking for a better buzz, or another buzz. For whatever the reason, that goes back to huffing gasoline, huffing paint, magic markers, you name it. People will do anything they can sometimes when that addiction that's on them is so strong, they're chasing that buzz," said Sheriff Joe Carpenter, Marion County Sheriff's Department.
In July, the DEA announced "Operation Log Jam," which is the first nationwide law enforcement strike that specifically targets synthetic drugs.
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