HARDEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A new synthetic drug is gaining popularity among teens and young adults in Hardee County, according to the county’s sheriff’s office.
Hardee deputies learned about the new drug during an investigation. According to the HCSO, the drug is sold as LSD or Acid but is actually many times more potent that that. It has the same psychedelic and dissociative effects as LSD.
Its medical name is 2-(4-iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine. Its street name is N-Bomb or Fuzzy Paper. It comes in liquid and powder form and is usually sold in individual doses soaked into blotter paper. The doses are called tabs. The tabs are packaged together in perforated rows or columns like stamps, but smaller. The tabs can be white or multi-colored.
According to the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the hallucinogenic high or the “trip” from this drug is delayed by about 30 minutes to an hour, and that’s one of the dangers of this drug. The users don’t feel it right away and may take several doses, which may result in a more intense “trip” or an overdose.
The typical “trip” lasts from four to eights hours, according to the users’ reports to HCSO, but the drug has more negative effects with more negative effects.” According to HCSO, the drug is known to cause users to suffer from high temperature, sight and sound alterations, aggression, paranoia, fear, confusion, nausea, dissociation, seizures, cardiac and respiratory arrest, tachycardia, kidney damage. Numerous deaths from the drug ingestion have also been reported nationwide in the last five years.
The elevated body temperature can cause the permanent brain damage. It was also reported that the victims would stumble into ponds and pools trying to cool off and drown.
Deputies warn not to touch the drug with bare hands as it can absorb through skin.