Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dangerous New Synthetic Drug Believed Responsible for Two Additional Overdoses

Boise, Oct. 30, 2013 - Boise Police are again alerting the public about a new synthetic drug.

Over the weekend, two 16 year olds overdosed on a substance believed to be 25C, a chemical closely related to 25i, also known as N-BOME. Both teens were hospitalized Saturday, one going to intensive care after suffering a seizure and reportedly stopped breathing.

"These synthetic drugs are not safe. These chemicals have caused deaths around the nation. We're just beginning to see it here and it's already caused several overdoses including one where the teen nearly died." said Lt. P.D. Burch of the Boise Police Narcotics Unit.

Again, officers want to make people aware these drugs are being sold in the Boise area with claims it is similar to LSD and using the street names above. Officers hope this information helps parents and other responsible individuals share this information to prevent additional overdoses.

The incident involving the two 25i/25C overdoses from this weekend remains under investigation by Boise Police.

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Previous Release:

Boise, Oct. 17, 2013 - 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:

  • Dime
  • 25C
  • NBOME
  • DOB

Adverse effects include:

  • depression
  • aggression
  • hypertension
  • 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.

For more:

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/nbome.pdf