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.
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?