25i-NBOM-e is popular among people who are part of the “rave” culture found in nightclubs and discotheques, but it is increasingly-popular at private parties, as well. Although it is sold online and purported to be a safe alternative to mescaline or LSD, physicians and police alike believe it to be among the most “powerful and potentially deadly” synthetic drug seen in years.
The potency is a major part of the problem – it is not possible to measure a single dose of “N-Bomb” without scientific equipment, thereby creating a significant risk of overdose. Fatal overdoses have occurred, as well as incidents requiring long-term hospitalization.
Misidentification is another problem. It is often mistaken for – or even represented as –LSD. In other words, it is possible for someone to accidentally ingest dangerous amounts of 25i-NBOMe.
Sgt. Mark Clark, a spokesperson for the Scottsdale, Arizona, Police Department, says, “What you have is some amateur chemists who are trying to change the formulation of a drug that’s been declared an illegal substance to try to stay ahead of the law. Kids — and it’s mostly kids who are taking this — need to understand that this chemical variant could be changed by a very, very little bit and it can prove to be very harmful. Just because someone says that it’s safe or someone says that it’s acid, everyone’s metabolism is different.”
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