For anyone with even a minor amount of tact, much less a grasp of what it means to be a respectable human being in 2015, an "N-Bomb" is something to be avoided. Needless to say, it can cause an explosion of sorts in certain social settings. Now it seems as though we should get acquainted with another type of N-Bomb. An increasingly popular drug known as N-Bomb (or smiles or 2CI-NBOMe) is a form of synthetic LSD, which comes in the form of a powder, tiny paper or liquid. It's also increasingly relevant to Dallas nightlife thanks to a series of overdoses in the past couple years, including another one that happened just last month.
The drug's effects match that of your typical hallucinogen: loss of perception of time; color, sounds and shapes appear differently; euphoria in the best case scenario, or unpleasant and frightening sensations during a bad trip. Its negative effects range from seizures, nausea and increased heart rate to cardiac and respiratory arrest and death. The drug has been banned by the DEA since November of 2013. Of course, if you've ever heard of this thing called cannabis, you'll know that the DEA banning things doesn't necessarily mean people won't use said banned things.
N-Bomb has been responsible for a number of overdoses not just in North Texas, but the state in general and around the country. According to the DEA, it is the cause of death for a minimum of 19 people between the ages of 15 and 29 between March 2012 and August 2013. In 2013, it took the life of a Frisco teenager, Montana Sean Brown. In April 2014, three McKinney teens overdosed on the drug.
In December of last year a drug raid took place at a popular after-hours club in Dallas, Eden Afterhours. Among the drugs seized in the bust, which led to the indictment of 15 people, was, you guessed it, N-Bomb. What was it that encouraged Dallas police to investigate and carry out a raid with federal agents? Well, Brittany Nemeth of White Settlement overdosed on what may have been the drug just a few months prior.
And now, only a few short months later, N-Bomb is back in the local news. The Dallas Morning News recently published a story about the latest overdose that we're aware of in North Texas, Evan Johnson, a junior at Plano Senior High School. If may have seemed like a brief, passing fad, but North Texas hasn't shaken it just yet.
Not that the drug is just a North Texas problem. Last week, the Houston Chronicle published a feature about a teenager, Grant Hobson, who overdosed on the drug, and it makes mention of an unnamed 15-year-old Houston girl as well. Parents in Houston are working with elected officials to get the drug banned on the state level as it is federally, and to put in motion laws that don't allow manufacturers to circumvent the law by making minor tweaks to the chemical compound of the drug.
What's obvious here is that a high number of people who ingest N-Bomb are teenagers either looking to experiment or party, which is true with most drugs, especially synthetic ones. However, it's unequivocally more dangerous than a joint or moderate consumption of alcohol. It's highly recommended that you don't try this shit at home, outside of home or pretty much ever. It looks like we've stumbled upon a brand new drug that's somewhat easily accessible and likely to cause serious harm.
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As opposed to other synthetic drugs, this one should probably be banned, not because the man doesn't like you getting high, but because it has this uncanny propensity to kill young people. Dallas' club scene could add to their police presence, which is probably exactly what local club-goers would like to hear. Repeated offenses may well lead to law enforcement keeping a close eye on nightlife, as happened with Eden Afterhours.
Is the string of overdoses a sign of a bonafide, worrisome trend as opposed to isolated incidents? It's tough to tell, even with all of the reported cases throughout the country. But intuition says yes. When it comes to the N-Bomb, where there's smoke, there's fire.
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