ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s hard to get through a week without hearing about another new and dangerous synthetic drug on the streets of St. Louis.
While the latest drug is certainly nothing new, its emergence in St. Louis might be.
“It’s called ‘N-Bomb’ or ‘Smiles.’ They come up with different names. ‘Happy’ is another name,” says Dan Duncan with the local office of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
The designer drug is often called N-Bomb because of its chemical name, 25I-NBOMe. A hallucinogen made from mescaline, the drug is similar in many ways to LSD and ingested as a liquid, powder, or on a blotter.
Several kids across the country have died after using the drug because it harms kidneys and can trigger mental health issues in teenagers. Some compare its high to that of bath salts, a synthetic drug which made headlines after users took part in a number of gruesome attacks.
“It’s popped up here several times,” Duncan said. “I can’t say that it’s here to a great degree but it’s definitely shown up in St. Louis, yes.”
N-Bomb has drawn the attention of federal authorities as well as several states, which have classified it as a controlled substance.