Boise Police are issuing a warning about a dangerous new synthetic/designer drug in our area.
It’s called 25i. Boise Police are aware of at least four recent drug overdoses where individuals were hospitalized after reportedly taking 25i. Officers are investigating but have not yet seized any of the drug.
“We want people to be aware, to talk with our kids and let them know this stuff is dangerous” said Sgt, Mike Harrington of the Boise Police BANDIT Narcotics Unit.
What is 25i:
25i or 25I-NBOMe is a hallucinogen and is compared to LSD. It can be manufactured, but most often is purchased off the Internet, often in powder form, and inhaled, injected or snorted. Officers believe it may be being passed locally as a liquid blotted on the back of stamps like LSD, or in capsules.
25i may go by the names:
Adverse effects include:
- seizure activity
- elevated white blood cell counts and acute kidney damage
- bleeding in the brain
- heart failure
According to national reports, several people have had prolonged hospitalization or died after taking the drug.
“It’s frightening because no one knows how much is too much since the strength of each dose is different. That’s why we’re seeing the overdoses.” Said Sgt. Harrington.
The Drug Enforcement Administration considers 25i similar to LSD and therefore illegal in all 50 states. At this time, no Idaho law specifically bans the active ingredient.
“Right now, the best defense is education. Let people know this is out there, it’s extremely dangerous, and like all illicit drugs, should not be used.” Said Sgt. Harrington.
Crime Stoppers: Anyone aware of the use or sale of 25i is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. Tips can also be made via the Crime Stoppers Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/CSofSWIdaho. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.