The synthetic drugs, 25I-NBOMe and 25C-NBOMe, or "N-Bomb" as they are known on the streets, are now believed to be the drugs responsible for the death of at least two Scottsdale, Arizona teens. Recent deaths reported in TX, LA, MN, and NC have also been attributed to the same substances. Adolescents are often willing to experiment with synthetic drugs like these because they are currently legal in most states.
One of the Scottsdale victims was a high school student who overdosed after nasally using a liquid form of the drug. The uncle of the young man told notMYkid that he was devastated to learn that his nephew died in the backseat of a car as a friend drove him around trying to let him sleep off the effects of the drug. "These drugs are so potent and the kids just don't get it", said the victim's uncle. While adolescents are choosing to experiment with "N-Bomb," there is little known about the risks involved with use. No long-term studies have been done on the substances though they have been linked to multiple hospitalizations and deaths.
It is believed that local law enforcement in Arizona have identified suspects selling these drugs. Unfortunately, as is often the case with synthetic drugs, local law enforcement has been unable to make an arrest in the case due to the current legal status of 25I-NBOMe and 25C-NBOMe in most states. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that parents be aware of these drugs and what to look for in order to prevent further incidents.
25I-NBOMe and 25C-NBOMe most frequently come in the form of white powder, light brown or tan powder, small squares of blotter paper, or liquid drops. The liquid and powder are ingested orally or used nasally, and the blotter paper is held under the tongue until the chemical is absorbed into the bloodstream. Many individuals who purchase these drugs believe they are purchasing LSD. Both of these new synthetic substances are extremely potent, and individuals using them can easily misjudge dosages, resulting in overdose and death.
25I-NBOMe and 25C-NBOMe are also referred to as "25-I," "25-C," "N-Bomb," "Pandora," "Dime," "Smiles," and "Vortex." A search on YouTube for the term "NBOMe" returns multiple results, including videos of individuals under the influence of these drugs, as well as advertisements for websites that sell them.
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