Synthetic Drug 'N-Bomb' Raising Alarm with Law Enforcement and Parents

By Victoria Kim 07/16/14

The LSD-like drug claimed another young life in June.

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The synthetic drug 25i-NBOMe, commonly known as N-Bomb, is on the radar of parents and law enforcement in the wake of recent deaths that have been blamed on the drug. The Drug Enforcement Administration blamed N-Bomb for at least 19 deaths between March 2012 and November 2013, as well as the deaths of two Indiana teenagers since March.

Dealers purchase the drug from China over the internet, then cut it with alcohol or some other liquid, drip it onto blotter paper, and sell it to young people. Jeanine Motsay, whose 16-year-old son Sam was found dead in June, said dealers often portray N-Bomb as LSD. “So when people say they’re selling LSD, that’s not what they’re selling,” she said. Law enforcement believe Sam took N-Bomb the night before he was found dead in a friend’s home. “They don’t understand what they’re buying,” she added. “It’s poison.”

The synthetic drug mimics the effects of LSD, causing hallucinations and feelings of euphoria. It is often sold on blotter paper like LSD with colorful and playful decorations like clowns that make it look like candy, according to Dennis Wichern, assistant special agent and head of the DEA’s Indianapolis office. Wichern called N-Bomb, which is far deadlier than LSD, “one of the most dangerous drugs” and said that young people taking it are “playing Russian roulette” with their lives.

In November, the DEA declared N-Bomb a Schedule I drug, putting it in the same category as LSD, heroin, ecstasy, and cannabis.

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