The War on Drugs Dropped the N-Bomb on America

The DEA is racing to ban the latest newcomer to the synthetic drug scene which includes Spice and the now infamous “bath salts.” Known as N-Bomb or Smiles, the new designer drug supposedly mimics the effects of LSD. Unlike LSD, however, the chemicals 2C-1-NBOMe or 251NBOMe which make up this new drug appear potentially deadly.

St. Louis Post Dispatch:

According to media reports, the drug was banned in Virginia last year and later outlawed in Louisiana after a 21-year-old man died at a New Orleans music festival in November. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported a man apparently took N-Bomb from a stranger, began convulsing and died a short time later.

A 21-year-old man Texas man died after taking the drug at a party in June, according to the Houston Chonicle.

With drug makers tweaking their chemicals faster than drug laws can be implemented, resulting in untested and potentially hazardous new substances reaching the public at unprecedented speed, isn’t it time to change our focus to one of harm reduction rather than the disastrously ineffective criminal model?

13 Comments on "The War on Drugs Dropped the N-Bomb on America"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Jan 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm |

    the government needs to regulate things
    in order to be a government
    here’s a new koan
    what are the things not regulated by government?

    • Katin Thehat | Jan 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm |


    • Matt Staggs | Jan 10, 2013 at 9:29 am |

      With prudence, one’s home may at times become a Temporary Autonomous Zone where in the words of Hassan I-Sabbah, “Nothing is true; Everything is permitted.”

      • BuzzCoastin | Jan 10, 2013 at 9:38 am |

        lol, but don’t do anything to attract pig attention
        & don’t piss off any neighbors
        and make sure that all taxs, rents & fees are paid up
        in your TAZ

        I have lived in TAZz
        but those TAZz are usually way outa piggy’s way
        bet there’s some TAZ spots in yer neck of the woods too

        • Matt Staggs | Jan 10, 2013 at 11:44 am |

          Ironically enough, one may more easily discover and maintain a TAZ in rural, conservative areas. There are only so many truffle-hunters, and way too much wild country. As a wise person once said, “Know, will, dare and keep silent.”

  2. discusthrower | Jan 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm |

    drug war successfully creates gateway for more dangerouser drugs Xp

  3. alizardx | Jan 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm |

    Harm reduction would force the people involved in the anti-drug industry to look for honest work and I suspect that a lot of campaign money would mysteriously vanish. It would also reduce the number of potential employees for prison industries.

  4. VaudeVillain | Jan 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm |

    But then how would our intelligence agencies fund their black and grey off-book operations?

    If the CIA can’t traffick illicit drugs, then they can’t arm professed enemies of the American State.

    If the CIA can’t arm professed enemies of the American State, then they won’t be able to manufacture international crises that can only be resolved through liberal application of well-funded intelligence agencies.

    Won’t somebody please think of the spooks?

    • why do you think they need covert funding for any of this? I think it’s clear that they do all of this stuff on the record and without shame. The press complies by helping them to conceal it.

      • VaudeVillain | Jan 10, 2013 at 9:23 am |

        The CIA does virtually nothing on the record. People find out about what they do because, frankly, people suck at keeping secrets forever. They are just Men, not Gods. Further, they are very much constrained by their budget, enormous though it is, and by the caveats Congress places on it. Your typical congresscritter might be OK with black site torture centers or installing 3rd world dictators; they puss out when you want to train and arm Jihadists or assist in ethnic cleansing.

        For a concrete example, look at Iran Contra. They explicitly engaged in drug trafficking to raise money which could not come from their budget, because their budget did not include a line item for arming an openly hostile state formally sanctioned by our government.

  5. Don’t forget that this is a Puritanical country. Somewhere, someone is having a good time having sex, getting high, playing cards or dancing and it must be stopped, preferably with very severe punishment.

  6. Matt Jordan | Jan 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm |

    I know I’m preaching to the chior here, but if we just leagalized pot and LSD…

  7. Jimmy John | Apr 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm |

    cops are cops…they don’t want to “win the war on drugs”, they just want to keep fighting it.

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