The street name is "Smiles," but the technical name of this new,
and very dangerous drug, is 2C-I. It is making the rounds with
teens, and alerting authorities, as more and more young people overdose and end up in the emergency room. Several deaths
are now linked to this drug that has been seen from Utah to the Midwest.
The drug comes in liquid, pill and powder form, and gives users a speedy high coupled with intense hallucinations that can last
from hours to days. It can cause seizures, kidney failure, fatally
high blood pressure and strokes.
According to Yahoo Shine, synthetic drugs like Smiles, Spice, and Bath Salts are popular with teens and young adults because they
are easy to obtain over the Internet and, because they are synthetic, they often don't show up in drug tests. The fact that they can go
undetected in the body makes the victim even harder to treat
when they overdose.
2C-I is a combination of MDMA and LSD. Not only is it available online but users post themselves taking the drug via YouTube, promoting it as a wild and safe high. While it may be wild, it is far from safe.
Extreme behavior has been reported by witnesses, including users growling, foaming at the mouth, and smashing their own heads against the ground. Most unfortunately, the use and availability of synthetic drugs is changing faster than officials can keep pace. There is already a derivative, 25b-Nbome, which is just as dangerous as the original.
Young people, their families, and professionals everywhere should be alerted to the dangers of all synthetic drugs, because their availability will continue. Stopping the dealers is a long and tricky process. An undercover West Palm Beach Narcotics officer said, "Identifying them, targeting them, tracking the money back and tracking the production back to them is extremely difficult." Still, we are encouraged that the DEA has launched Operation Log Jam to specifically target synthetic drug distributors. This effort has already resulted in almost 100 arrests in 200 cities.
This synthetic drug is all over the news and more over doses are being associated with it at an alarming rate. If you hear your child or loved one talking about smiles, potpourri, molly or spice, they are talking about this dangerous drug. Call immediately to seek advise on how to address this issue before another life is lost.
DARS-Outreach Services is here to help. We will walk you through the process of addressing and handling your situation so you can get the help you need. Please don't hesitate! It's too important and dangerous to put off calling for help. 1-800-515-3277 or 1-866-418-1397 the call is Confidential and can save a life!