Synthetic Drugs

Local Police Department Worried About Synthetic Drug Already Banned by the DEA

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South Coast Today has a story headlined "Police Worried About New Drug, Lawmakers Try to Ban It." The new drug? 25I-NBOMe, a hallucinogenic chemical discovered in 2003 and made a Schedule I narcotic by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last year. Nevertheless, South Coast Today reports that local cops and lawmakers in Massachusetts are worried:

"Anytime a new drug becomes available and is popular with teens because of its euphoric or mind-altering effect, it is very concerning to law enforcement and should be for parents," said Fairhaven Sgt. Kevin Kobza, the department's public information officer…

"I'm committed to seeing that it is addressed," said Rep. Keiko M. Orrall, R-Lakeville, adding the new legislative session begins in January. "The drug epidemic is everywhere. It has affected a lot of families and we're committed to addressing it."

Just one hitch:

But so far, police on SouthCoast say they have not seen any traces of the drug.

"A lot of times, some (drugs) don't make it this way," said New Bedford Detective Capt. Steven Vicente. Crystal meth is an example of a drug that was not popular here.

"We haven't seen it in this area."

"We have not seen any cases of it, and hopefully we won't," said Mattapoisett Police Chief Mary Lyons, adding it seems to be popular with high school-aged students. "I haven't heard that it is around here."

…"We haven't seen it yet." [said Dartmouth Police Chief Timothy M. Lee.]

Real drug, fake trend.

The DEA "emergency scheduled" 25I as an illegal narcotic, placing it on Schedule I for two years.

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  1. It would be nice if local police would get worried about burglaries and murders instead of victimless crimes.

    1. Seriously. I’m far more worried about pretty much anything and everything but drugs.

      1. Me too, especially what the government is doing at any given time.

    2. Story time: I know someone who grew up on Southside Virginia. The police were busy trying to bust people for victimless crimes at the porn store — so busy, in fact, that the convenience store nearby routinely experienced holdups to which the police were too busy to respond.

    3. They figure that when they jail people for drugs, they are preventing burglaries, robberies and murders. They believe this so much that they can’t be bothered to investigate crimes with actual victims. They don’t have time for that shit. They’re too busy preventing burglaries and murders by locking up non-violent drug offenders.

      1. When they FINE people for drugs, they actually create more burglaries and robberies because someone with a joint or two usually doesn’t have $1,000 to spare.

    4. Those aren’t victimless crimes. What about the burglaries that junkies do to pay for their habit? What about the assaults and vandalism they do when they’re high? What about the children who are neglected by parents high on drugs?

      Sure, everything I listed is actually a separate crime already addressed by other laws, but it’s so much easier to lump recreational drug us in so I can bolster the need for prohibition.

  2. The DEA “emergency scheduled” 25I as an illegal narcotic, placing it on Schedule I for two years.

    How was that possible? The executive branch of government has no say whatsoever in scheduling; I know this because Obamapologists keep telling me so.

  3. Can’t have the local teens experiencing euphoria, now can we?

    1. Actually that shit is pretty awful. I would never do it, but of course if someone else wants to, I don’t care.

      But according to this story, no one is actually doing it, probably because it’s pretty awful

      1. I quit everything when I was 16, just recently started having a beer or two and I’m 49, now. I don’t want anything to do with any of this stuff.

        I just think it’s funny when the cops describe a menace as causing euphoria. Makes it sound inviting, if anything.

        1. Indeed. I like euphoria

        2. Look, if the government wanted citizens to have euphoria, they would mandate some euphoria! Since they don’t, it’s obvious that euphoria is bad!

  4. But so far, police on SouthCoast say they have not seen any traces of the drug

    But, by gawd, we’re going to find some, even if we have to swat every residence in town, for the children!

  5. “Anytime a new drug becomes available and is popular with teens because of its euphoric or mind-altering effect, it is very concerning to law enforcement and should be for parents,”

    Euphoric teenagers?

    The horror.

    The HORROR.

  6. Manufacturing a crisis from thin air in order to get more money and power. Where else have we seen this?

    https://reason.com/archives/201…..mate-march

    ( from thin air…. I will be here all day folks.)

  7. The drug hysteria epidemic is everywhere.

  8. 251-NBOMe is a potentially deadly hallucinogen that has been widely passed off as LSD, and has caused several deaths, including the one Reason reported on last year in (I think it was Mississippi and Alabama).

    So I don’t think people are wrong to be worried about it. In fact a lot of people not in law enforcement are worried about it. Although I think it’s on it’s way out as people are becoming aware of it and more careful to purchase LSD only from trusted sources. These things will make their way back up the supply chain.

    1. Incidentally, you can blame this on law enforcement making LSD hard to come by. People wouldn’t be purchasing fake LSD substitutes if they could buy the real thing from a reliable source.

    2. Linky –
      https://reason.com/blog/2013/03…..-woman-pro

      They thought they were taking LSD, and she took two hits. But they were actually taking NBOMe, which is lethal at that dose.

    3. More links …
      http://www.charlestondailymail…..1312170141

      An autopsy of Renee Honaker showed she died as a result of the abuse of a synthetic hallucinogen called 25-B-NBOMe and “non-prescribed pharmaceuticals,” according to a search warrant filed Dec. 3 in U.S. District Court.

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