Second ShotJanuary 15, 2016
Finding HopeJanuary 15, 2016
A new drug marketed as an alternative to LSD or mescaline has surfaced. Commonly known as the N-bomb. The drug has been mistaken for LSD. But is considered to be a powerful and potentially deadly synthetic drug
Other street names for the drug include: Smiles, 25-I and 25INBOMe.
The N-bomb has raised concern among parents, law enforcement and federal officials. Because there is no way to determine what they are made of or how the body will react. Vince Figarelli, superintendent of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s crime lab, says that officials are having trouble dealing with synthetic drugs like the N-bomb because, “…one of the problems with all these drugs is that we don’t know how they extract out of blood and how to recover them.”There have been several deaths related to the N-bomb. In states including Arizona, North Dakota and Louisiana.
In one incident, a 19-year-old man spent four days in the hospital in an induced coma because doctors could not stop his seizures. A week later, the agitation and hallucinations resolved. But the man was still suffering from episodes of forgetfulness. Because there have not been in-depth medical studies on the N-bomb, it’s been difficult for law enforcement to keep up with new developments. The chemical makeup of the N-bomb is so simple. Some suggest that a person with a basic knowledge of chemistry could reproduce it.
This is the biggest problem that law enforcement faces. Staying up to date on the constantly changing realm of synthetic drugs
, identifying them, and spreading the word about the dangers they pose. [N-bomb] is derived from mescaline, which occurs naturally in peyote cactus
. The technical name of the substance is phenethylamine.