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Parents Beware: Children are Taking a Designer Drug Called Smiles

By Basoodler, Sep 30, 2012 | Updated: Oct 2, 2012 | | |
  1. Basoodler
    Parents Beware: Children are Taking a Designer Drug Called Smiles

    East Stroudsburg, Monroe County - A new designer drug that is often mixed with candy is hitting the streets.
    Doctors believe two kids who arrived at the Pocono Medical Center Emergency room Tuesday were on a designer drug named 2C-I. It's called "Smiles" on the street. "It's the newest synthetic drug out on the market now," said Brian Allen the Pocono Medical Center Emergency Room Educator.

    Allen told Eyewitness News the drug is in the methamphetamine class. It can cause hallucinations and deadly fast heart rates. Allen noted,"That's probably the most important thing that parents need to remember is that this drug is capable of killing kids who take it."

    It is especially dangerous because it is often mixed into candy. He added,"Halloween is just a small short step away, parents want to really be careful and be aware of the candies that they get for their kids."

    The children treated at Pocono Medical Center were transferred to Lehigh Valley Hospital. Pocono Medical Center did not release their ages. Hospital staffers could not say if it is the same children who were treated after showing signs of "Smiles" use in the Bangor Area School District. They were boys ages seven and ten.

    Detectives are watching the situation. Detective Robert Burns said,"We're concerned about any drug coming into our coverage area."

    He told Eyewitness News it can be difficult to keep up with designer drugs. He explained,"If they say hey this brand of synthetic marijuana is now illegal, then the manufacturers will just change around the recipe a little bit."

    Burns said "Smiles" do not appear to be widespread in Monroe County but the best way to keep your kids safe from all drugs is to communicate with them. He said,"The best bet is always just education. You know sit down with your kids, talk to them about drugs."

    Some signs that your child is high on "Smiles" include extreme giddyness, extreme empathy for others, and "out of it," behavior.

    By: Eyewitness News

    Updated: September 26, 2012

    http://tinyurl.com/92qbxe7 <-- full


  1. Basoodler
    A dangerous drug called "Smiles" is sweeping across the country

    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A deadly new drug is picking up popularity with teenagers. It's called “Smiles”, but when it’s over, the drug does anything but make you happy.

    "I am completely and fully submerged, if you can't tell by my eyes, in a psychedelic world known as 2C-I," said a “Smiles” user, in a YouTube video.

    It's the latest killer drug teenagers are tripping out on. Kids call it “Smiles.” It supposedly gives people who use it wild hallucinations can last for hours or days.

    "I could just be tripping right now man," said the “Smiles” user.

    “Smiles" is blamed for killing two teenagers in North Dakota, and is now popping up in places across the country.

    "People just can't take this stuff," said Patrick Fleming, Director of Behavioral Health Division of Salt Lake County.

    Utah health expert Patrick Fleming said it's too easy for kids to get their hands on.

    "It's like any of these synthetic drugs anybody who's got a college degree in chemistry or biology can synthetically make it," said Fleming.

    Fleming said teenagers are the target to use the drug-- and anyone tempted to use “Smiles” should think twice.

    "No matter what kind of high it gets you, it's not worth losing your life over," said Fleming.

    Although cases of drug overdoes from “Smiles” have popped up across the Mid-West, right now it’s uncertain if the drug is present in Utah. ABC 4 attempted to contact several drug experts, and they did not immediately return our calls.

    Reported by: Brian Carlson

    http://tinyurl.com/9sgebk3 <-- full
  2. Basoodler
    Kids Sickened, Possibly 'Smiles' Drug: Cops

    Two Northampton County elementary school kids were taken to the hospital on Monday after having some type of "symptoms," possibly from ingesting a controlled substance, according to Frank DeFelice, Acting Superintendent for Bangor Area School District.

    Bangor Police tell NBC10 that the 7 and 10-year-old brothers ingested something, possibly at their home or on the bus ride to school.

    State Police are testing a liquid green substance found inside the home of the young boys, according to Bangor Police, who believe it could be the "smiles" drug.

    The hallucinogenic drug has been getting national attention after being linked to the recent deaths of two teenagers in Grand Forks, North Dakota, according to an MSNBC report.

    NBC10 is in Northampton County working to find out more about this developing story and will update you when we find out more.


    http://tinyurl.com/8mlmv3q <--full
  3. Basoodler
    New synthetic drug trend: 'Smiles'

    Sep 25, 2012 9:20 p.m.

    It's the latest designer drug quickly making its way into the hands of teenagers. Parents and police are on high alert. Doctors refer to the drug as 2CL, but out on the street, teenagers know it as "smiles." Little is known about its effects, but the drug has already been linked to two deaths in North Dakota, and experts are issuing a warning. A new culture is forming -- a group of young adults are taking synthetic drugs because they're easier to get than natural drugs.

    Smiles can be inhaled or swallowed and can be laced with tastier foods like chocolate. Valley student nurse Amanda is a raver and occasional drug user. "What do you like about the synthetic drugs?" we asked. "I think it's interesting that you can feel like a totally different way than you go through life," says Amanda. She's taken hallucinogenic drugs, but takes pause when considering the newest designer drug "smiles." "They're new and they are not outlawed per se, that's something that would scare me." The 22-year-old says users never know what's really put into synthetics. "You could have seizures, people could die from it," she says. And they have. Smiles has already been linked to two deaths in East Grand Forks, North Dakota. One teen hyperventilated and beat his head on the ground before he stopped breathing.

    "Its not necessarily going to have same high as LSD or ecstasy. And we have a completely different response from one person to another," says Shelly Mowrey with Drug Free Arizona Mowrey has not heard of the drug here in the state, but says it's tough to keep track of synthetics, because people are constantly reinventing them.

    "You can feel so good for four hours and then you can realize that you can feel so crappy," says Amanda.
    While Drug Free Arizona has not seen evidence of Smiles here, we asked people on Facebook whether they'd seen it and some teenagers said yes.

    Drug Free Arizona encourages parents to talk with kids about synthetics.

    http://tinyurl.com/9sonwe3 <-- full
  4. Basoodler
    New drug smiles-appeals to teens frightens authorities

    A new drug is making the rounds with teenagers, and this particular drug, with the street name "smiles," has officials extremely concerned. Two teens have already died after overdosing on the drug, which can cause seizures, kidney failure, fatal blood pressure and body temperature.

    "Smiles" is actually a combination of drugs and has the official name of 2C-I, which is a very powerful, synthetic psychedelic drug. Teens are beginning to experiment with the drug in order to obtain a "safe high," which is unheard of, given the fact that there is no such thing.

    "Smiles" is similar to a combination of MDMA and LSD and can cause "intense visual and aural hallucinations that can last anywhere from hours to days," officials told Yahoo Shine.

    "The unfortunate thing is if kids who are overdosing on 2C-I go into the hospital with a physical problem, a lot of times they can't test for it so it doesn't show up as a drug overdose," Lindsay Wold, a detective, added.

    "Smiles" falls into a similar category as the infamous bath salts, which can also cause psychological hallucinations and extreme body temperature. Bath salts have been blamed for a series of attacks earlier this year after users suffering from high fevers tried to find relief and instead harmed others.

    In Pennsylvania, Richard Cimino Jr. was charged with aggravated assault, indecent exposure and criminal mischief after stripping and entering a vacant home in the nude. After jumping from a second-story window, Cimino encountered two women and attacked one, allegedly gnawing at her head and "screaming like an animal."

    He was hospitalized, and Cimino reportedly told police he took bath salts before the ordeal. Drug tests have been performed, and authorities are waiting for results.

    Part of the problem with "Smiles" is the appeal to a younger generation who is extremely connected through the Internet and social media.

    "Drugs used to take longer to get around, but now with the Internet they can spread by word of mouth or online," Barbara Carreno, spokeswoman for the DEA, told Shine.

    In fact, users have posted videos of themselves while using the drug, as well as provided commentary on their experience. While some of the videos discourage teens from using the drug, others could be seen as an endorsement or even a dare to experiment. The influence of peer pressure may be a significant factor in the drug's popularity.

    By Sami K. Martin | Christian Post Contributor

    http://tinyurl.com/9zk5mrx <--full
  5. Basoodler
    Meet "Smiles": The Next Scary Designer Drugusing a new synthetic hallucinogen, also known as "2C-I," is "like trying to get high off arsenic," one treatment expert tells The Fix.

    Just as bath salts mania seems to have (mostly) simmered down, a new designer drug known as "smiles" may be lining up to induce parental panic. A synthetic hallucinogenic otherwise known as 2C-I, it's most often sold as a powder, which can be mixed with candy or chocolate before ingesting. Like its synthetic predecessors, such as K-2 and bath salts, smiles seems to appeal to a younger demographic—half of those exposed to it in 2011 were teenagers, according to the American Association of Poison Control. Little research into the possible dangers of the new drug yet exists, although it's thought to have been responsible for two teen deaths in East Grand Forks, North Dakota in June. One of them, 17-year-old Elijah Stai, stopped breathing several hours after an alleged overdose caused him to "smash his head against the ground" and act "possessed," "shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth," say witnesses.

    Smiles elicits intense aural and visual hallucinations that may last for days, users report. Some describe side effects like nausea, vomiting, anxiety and panic attacks; one online commenter describes the high as a "roller coaster ride through hell." Like LSD and psilocybin (or "magic mushrooms"), the drug causes hallucinations by interfering with the brain's serotonin system, Dr. Harris Stratyner, vice president of Caron Treatment Centers, tells The Fix. But unlike better-known hallucinogens, it has stimulating effects—meaning it carries some of the risks of meth and other uppers, like potentially fatal dehydration, arrhythmia and stroke. "Combining a psychedelic with a stimulant—it's pretty frightening. It's like taking ecstasy and LSD together," says Dr. Stratyner. But the effects are highly unpredictable when you're talking about synthetic compounds that have yet to be thoroughly researched.

    The DEA has been quick to classify 2C-I as a Schedule 1 substance, making it illegal to manufacture, distribute or possess. Still, reports of teens using smiles across the US are popping up rapidly, which Dr. Straytner attributes largely to teens' tendency to spread "misinformation" through chat rooms, Facebook and blogs. He emphasizes the importance of parents sitting down with their kids to educate them on the dangers of smiles, and other synthetic drugs. K-2 and bath salts, once considered benign, have been made illegal since they were linked to a slew of hospitalizations earlier this year. "These kids are playing russian roulette," Dr. Staytner. "It's absolutely ludicrous that anyone would put this into your body. Its like trying to get high off arsenic or rat poison."

    http://tinyurl.com/9vojfdm <--full
  6. Basoodler
    I put all of the related articles in one thread because they are related imho

    this thread can be deleted
    http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=195239. It is a thread I made to highlight these articles a couple days ago

    To be honest, I don't even know if they are talking about 2c-I or 25I or some imaginary substance
    . it is apparent in these articles they don't know either.
  7. Alfa
    Weird. The video in the top article shows a bag of 2C-E while they are stating its 2C-I.
  8. Basoodler
    the first ones title sounds like a direct statement to the reader

    "Parents Beware: Children ARE Taking a Designer Drug Called Smiles"

    And a suitable response could be

    The reader " ahh shit. My kids are 7 and 12 and taking this shit"


    I am Assuming all this bullshit about 2c-I is really about 25i NBOME .. and was born of a quote in this article

    Where the expert claims 25i and 2c-I are the same

    I thought 25i NBMOe wasn't orally active. In that same story they debunk the claim it was mixed with candy, only the press decided to ignore that and go ahead with saying its commonly mixed with candy. Which is used in a lot of these articles from September 25-26. The story was from April ..

    Why go clear to September and blow the story up? Not only blow it up, but add it to unrelated stories like the poisoning of the two young kids and
    http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1190784#post1190784. <-- a celebrity murder case that is odd to say the least and is more likely mental illness.

    I know the NBMOe drugs are in the news a lot lately .. but all of the recent are seemingly using the the article that mistakenly says 2c-I is the same as NBMOe. Not only that they are using parts that were said to be untrue.. its a cluster fuck of bad reporting.

    For example

    Why not spread a little panic
  9. quickiB
    "A new culture is forming -- a group of young adults are taking synthetic drugs because they're easier to get than natural drugs."

    The sad part is that kids who would rather use natural forms of drugs that are nearly impossible to overdose on (like lsd, mescaline, shrooms etc) have no choice. The media and politicians have this addiction to banning every little unheard of drug to the effect that some chemist pops out something new and the hysteria repeats ad infinitum.

    The funniest thing I relate this to is when that psycho guy ate some other guys face and the media and politicinas got hysterical about "bath salts" and preemptively banned it with the face eating as a catalyst. When they tested him for drugs, all he had in his system was marijuana. But he was clearly mentally ill...
  10. Basoodler
    Smiles Drug - Treatment and Detection Options

    Head shops and Bath Salts channels have new drug that is legal, for now. Residential and outpatient treatment programs still researching drug effects in order to create strategy for rehab programs.

    A new designer drug known as "Smiles" or "2C-I" has become a trend among teenagers who are featuring themselves on YouTube videos using the drugs. This drug, simliar to Bath Salts and Spice, has unusual and unpredictable effects. In one case a user killed himself by ramming his body into trees and phone poles under the influence of a derivative of 2C-I. The psychological effects of this drug also appear to involve powerful hallucinations, which means that the drug is a danger to the driving population since someone under its influence presumably could not tell whether he or she is seeing the right traffic signal, or even driving on the right side of the road, or is on the road at all. Smiles overdoses are becoming more common nationwide. The effects, which are said to be similar to a mix of ecstacy and LSD, but with a longer high, reportedly have a higher potency than either drug. Naturally, if you are a teenager, and hope to get your money's worth, this sounds like a good deal, but can present a problem if visual and auditory hallucinations last a number of days!

    A common factor in the use of designer drugs is that Smiles is currently invisible to drug tests which have recently been updated to discover Bath Salts (MDPV) and other new substances. This means that students who have to do drug testing for athletics, and soldiers in the military, will gravitate toward a drug like 2C-I in order to have a good time and still pass drug tests. Furthermore, because the potency of these drugs is totally unknown from one batch to another, and you really don't know what kind of substance you are getting when you buy vials of a powder marked "not for human consumption," there is the danger of overdose even when you use less of the drug from a previous batch. Also, someone might be cutting the drug with other poisons and freak out drugs that you don't know about, especially if they can make more batches with a similar substance. Part of the problem with designer drugs sold at head shops is that they aren't returnable, and the brand equity in a name like "Smiles" is distributed among a bunch of manufacturers, so just like Forrest Gump said, "You never know what you're going to get." Now go forth and fry your brains so I have less competition in the skilled labor pool.

    Notes and Special Information

    Special note: At what point do we start encouraging people to stick to the pricey illegal drugs while avoiding the cheap highs that can be bought at head shops? Perhaps the next PSA on drugs should show parents buying "real" drugs for their children with the message "Support Old School Hallucinogens, and Just Say No to Designer Drugs."

    http://www.smilesdrug.com/. <-- an entire web page dedicated to smiles prevention!
  11. Basoodler
    Overdoses of synthetic drug 'Smiles' on the rise for teens

    Sep 24, 2012 11:36 p.m.

    Forget about bath salts. "Smiles" or 2C-I is the new synthetic drug of choice in this country.

    The feds just classified it as an illegal drug this summer. Fatal overdoses are on the rise.

    "At the moment, I am completely and fully submerged," says a guy calling himself toker90704 on YouTube. "If you can't tell by my eyes, in a psychedelic world known as 2C-I."

    He posted the video on the Internet claiming he was high on 2C-I.

    "I've never had this kind of experience before."

    In North Dakota, 18-year-old Adam Budge is charged with the murder of his 17-year-old friend, Elijah Stai. He overdosed on 2C-I mixed with chocolate.

    Police in East Grand Forks say Stai was foaming at the mouth and banging his head on the ground outside a McDonald's restaurant before he died.

    "It's happening all over," says Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, Executive Director of the Alexandria-based National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. "It is what kids are using. They don't understand that these are not fun drugs."

    She says the overdose that killed the 17-year-old in North Dakota is fairly typical.

    "You get someone who probably took a higher dose than what is typical on the street - 10 to 20 milligrams," says Moreno Tuohy. "This person probably had a dose that was higher than that, that actually caused the brain to shut down the respiratory system. We need to just be aware that these are chemicals that are toxic and they're not safe at any age, but particularly for adolescents."

    "Smiles" is just one of the family of 2C drugs, first concocted by a California chemist in the 1970s.

  12. Basoodler
    Health officials not happy about designer drug 'smiles'

    Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26 2012 10:43 a.m. MDT
    SALT LAKE CITY — It has the street name of "smiles," but the up-and-coming drug can have deadly consequences.
    The drug 2C-I is commonly sold in powder form or as a pill.

    "It's like the drug du jour," said Patrick Fleming with the Salt Lake County Division of Behavioral Health Services. "Whatever is out there in the market, people will use."

    Over the summer, two teens in Grand Forks, N.D., died after using 2C-I. There are other reports of overdoses in the Midwest. Utah hasn't seen any reports of deaths or injury due to the drug, but Fleming said it's only a matter of time.
    "I bet it's already here," he said. "I mean, this is a major crossroads, and so it's already probably here. We just haven't seen it yet."

    The drug can make the heart race and give a person a lot of energy. It can also impact the part of the brain in charge of perception, so it distorts vision and hearing.

    A man took the drug and posted his experience on YouTube. "At the moment, I am completely and fully submerged, if you can't tell by my eyes, in a psychedelic world known as 2C-I," he says in the video. "I could just be trippin' right now, man.”
    Fleming said the trouble is when someone takes larger quantities, then they need to get the impact of the drug.

    "They may have some secondary type of characteristic like not be able to perceive if there's a door open or if the wall is there or, heaven forbid, if they try to drive a car or something like that," he said. "It's the secondary interactions of the drug and the repercussions from that that cause the injury and the death in these kinds of things."

    Synthetic drugs have been around for decades. Recently, people have been using Spice and bath salts to get high. The trouble with synthetic drugs is anybody who has a college degree in chemistry can go out and find the chemical makeup of the drug on the Internet and make it themselves, Fleming said.

    In July, the federal government classified 2C-I as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning it's illegal to manufacture or distribute the drug without the proper licensing. The drug is fairly cheap and easy to make, Fleming said. It's also very strong.

    By Sandra Yi , Deseret News
    Contributing: Viviane Vo-Duc

  13. Basoodler
    Latest Designer Drug Killing Teens: 'Smiles'

    This summer, a 17-year-old young man in East Grand Forks, North Dakota went to McDonald's. When he arrived, he began hyperventilating and slamming his head against the ground. His friends took him home, but hours later he stopped breathing. His 18-year-old companion was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

    Blamed for the tragedy was a drug called 2C-I, which had also killed another teenager the night before. Both teenagers had apparently suffered from overdoses, prompting the police to put out a warning proclaiming that there was a tainted batch of 2C-I circulating.

    2C-I, nicknamed "Smiles," is the latest designer drug that is responsible for teen deaths, following in a long line of other synthetic drugs, including ecstasy, synthetic marijuana, "bath salts", and methamphetamine. Other drugs have similarly wreaked havoc before becoming illegal.

    The drug is a hallucinogen. 2C-I is part of the 2-C class of synthetic drugs, which were all discovered by Alexander Shulgin, a designer drug guru. He published the formulas for the drugs in a 1991 book called PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story. As of this year, 2C-I became a Schedule I controlled substance - illegal to buy, sell, possess, or manufacture.

    But, as many can attest, its illegality does not make it impossible to get. It's normally sold as a powder, and is often mixed with another substance, like chocolate or candy. Users describe the experience as full of honesty and insightful conversations.

    Many scientists worry that people are lulled into a false sense of security with 2C-I because it is a hallucinogenic. For example, LSD and psilocybin, or mushrooms, do not typically cause bodily harm, unless the user already has psychotic tendencies or walks into oncoming traffic or off a roof. But, while 2C-I interferes with serotonin in the brain like LSD and mushrooms do, 2C drugs have stimulant effects like meth and other uppers. That can put users at risk for strokes and other deaths, in addition to regular negative side effects and "bad trips" that include terrifying hallucinations, fear, and panic.
    There are no statistics on 2-C use in the United States, but officials warn that it, and other synthetic drugs, should be taken seriously.

    By Makini Brice | Sep 21, 2012 07:10 PM EDT

  14. Basoodler
    What are the effects of the 2C-I "Smiles" drug?

    New Drug Taking Place of Bath Salts, Spice, Alcohol, Banana Peels, Toads. Detox and treatment centers flummoxed by rising popularity of dangerous drug.

    The 2C-I drug shows the resilience of chemists who have seen their creations like Bath Salts and Spice outlawed by authorities frightened by the zombie actions of people who took those drugs. 2C-I, also called "Smiles," is the latest substance to gain media publicity for its apparently incredible effects including hallucinations that last several days. According to sources, the effects are like a combination of MDMA and LSD but more intense and lasting up to several days. Derivatives of the drug are also blamed for deaths. One notable feature of 2C-I which is not present in other drug types is that it can also be pressed into a tablet form. Furthermore, the drug itself may be used as a counterfeit of mescaline since it is cheaper and easier to procure.

    Some of the side effects of 2C-I include muscle tension, nausea, vomiting, dialated pupils, high energy, and muscle relaxion (apparently you get tension or relaxion). Wikipedia also adds that people like to listen to music under the influence of this drug, which is not shocking since music has been a part and parcel of all kinds of drug use since prehistoric times. While 2C-I is listed as an illegal schedule 1 narcotic, there are of course derivatives out there that might skirt the law.

    Notes and Special Information

    Special note: How is it that warnings about drugs end up sounding more like advertisements? To a teenager, the promise of a longer lasting, more powerful high at a lower price sounds like a pretty good deal. Meanwhile, prescription drug advertisements sound more like dire warnings about all the horrible stuff that will happen to you if you use them.

  15. cra$h
    wow, good job on bringing attention to this "sudden craze". Yea I get the whole media hype deal, I'm pretty much used to every drug article being wrong and skewed to hysteria, but come on. At least talk shit on the right chemical, and don't be mixing everything up and assuming it's the same. I thought we were an intelligent species, yet we stoop to low levels where we really shouldn't be.
  16. Machine'Elf

    haha ^^ 'sudden craze' of the past ten years i mean come on america wake the fuck up haha joke no patriotic americans yelling abuse please.... 2ci my o my, apart from this mundane lol and wait until the rest come like the nbomes believe they are scheduled in virginia already... i dont have much to report... does this mean 2cb is now an analog of 2ci and not looked at the other way haha who knows so i guess under blanket laws of america all 2cx chemicals and nbomes are officially illegal analogues?
  17. Basoodler
    I feel like I should do a 2c-I fact and fiction in quotes and attach it to the first article .. just in case someone happens to hit the link from Google. Maybe some genius reporter will see it and do a clarification piece: D

    Its pretty bad when people who are in tune with drug culture ate the last to know about a drug "craze" that's sweeping the nation!
  18. Basoodler
    Latest Designer Drug Called 'Smiles' Linked to Teen Deaths

    Several teenagers’ deaths have law enforcement officials concerned about the next in a long line of illegal synthetic drugs: 2C-I, also known as "Smiles."

    The drug, a hallucinogen, has been linked to two deaths in East Grand Forks, North Dakota, though little is known about this drug's dangers. Other synthetic drugs, including K2 or "fake weed," have caused problems by proliferating before being made illegal. "There is hardly any research at all in the scientific literature on these things, even in animals, much less any sort of formal safety evaluation in humans," said Matthew Johnson, a professor of behavioral pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University.

    Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
    Date: 21 September 2012 Time: 04:07 PM ET

  19. Basoodler
    2C-I, The New Bath Salts: Synthetic Drug 'Smiles' Blamed For Deaths Across The Country, But No Zombie Behavior YetA new synthetic drug, 2C-I, is replacing bath salts as the hallucinogen of choice among teenagers, and while the substance has not led to zombie behavior, it’s been blamed for a number of deaths in the United States.

    Police departments are trying to keep up with 2C-I, which has the street name “Smiles,” and warning teens and other users of its effects. "I think [the drugs] just keep changing to try to circumvent the law," Grand Forks, N.D., Police Department Det. Lindsay Wold told Yahoo Shine. "Anytime we try to figure something out, it changes.

    Grand Forks is familiar with 2C-I after an 18-year-old from the city, Christian Bjerk, overdosed on the drug and died on a sidewalk, according to CityPages. Bjerk’s death was linked to a tainted batch of Smiles, East Grand Forks Police Department Lt. Rod Hajicek told the website.

    The bad drugs “"seems to be isolated to the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks area right now, but anytime we have two individuals dead within a couple days of each other, that certainly gets our attention." Hajicek was referring to Elija Stai, 17, of nearby Park Rapids, N.D., who died after ingesting 2C-I mixed with melted chocolate.

    Stai was given smiles by a friend, 18-year-old Adam Budge, who now faces 25 years in prison after being charged with providing the 2C-I to the teen.

    Budge, of East Grand Forks, was charged with murder, manslaughter and controlled substance charges, according to WDAY.

    Witnesses who saw Stai after he ingested 2C-I said he was “shaking,” “growling,” and “foaming at the mouth,” when he then “started to smash his head against the ground” and looked possessed, according to Yahoo Shine. Stai’s behavior resembled those who were under the influence of bath salts, another synthetic drug that made headlines over the summer.

    While bath salts were initially suspected to fuel the actions of so-called “Miami zombie” Rudy Eugene, who ate the face off victim Ronald Poppo, the synthetic drug was not found in Eugene’s system. But bath salts have been linked to violent and sometimes odd behavior, like the case of a man who broke into an Ohio home and started putting up Christmas decorations.

    Since 2C-I is a novel drug, only recently becoming popular in the United States (Smiles first emerged in Europe in 2003,) law enforcement and hospitals face difficulties in detecting the drug because of its synthetic nature.
    "The unfortunate thing is if kids who are overdosing on 2C-I go in to
    the hospital with a physical problem, a lot of times they can't test for it so it doesn't show up as a drug overdose," Wold said.Those who have experience using the drug often give reviews of 2C-I on YouTube or Internet message boards.

    A message board on {url removed} is filled with people who endorse 2C-I use while others warn of its dangers.
    User dwtk called 2C-I “legit as f--- if you know you’re taking it” and went on to describe his hallucinations while on Smiles.

    “[L]ast time i took that s--- i couldnt even see in front of my face because of the visuals but i could walk and talk like i was sober,” they said. “2ci is pretty weird s--- if you ask me,” said user Golgiiguy. “I found the residual effects a couple days later to not feel right. We got into it when L [LSD] was pretty much nowhere to be found for a number of years. No interest to dabble in the RC [research chemicals] anymore.” “FYI this s--- is in the ‘lightning bolts,’” opined user Mango99.
    User FutureMan discouraged message board members from experimenting with Smiles. “I have been trying to tell people this for the last yea [sic,]” he said. “My girlfriend is an ER nurse and she has seen some kids come through that have lost limbs and nearly die because of this s---.”

    BY IBTimes Staff Reporter | September 21 2012 1:41 PM

  20. Basoodler
    2C-I or 'Smiles': The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know AboutWitnesses described the 17-year-old boy as "shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth." According to police reports, Elijah Stai was at a McDonald's with his friend when he began to feel ill. Soon after, he "started to smash his head against the ground" and began acting "possessed," according to a witness. Two hours later, he had stopped breathing. The Grand Forks, North Dakota teenager's fatal overdose has been blamed on a drug called 2C-I. The night before Stai's overdose, another area teen, Christian Bjerk, 18, was found face down on a sidewalk. His death was also linked to the drug.

    2C-I--known by its eerie street name "Smiles"--has become a serious problem in the Grand Forks area, according to local police. Overdoses of the drug have also be reported in Indiana and Minnesota. But if the internet is any indication, Smiles is on the rise all over the country.

    "At the moment I am completely and fully submerged, if you can't tell by my eyes, in a psychedelic world known as 2C-I," one young man with a scruffy chin beard and dilated pupils effuses on a video posted in October of 2011. He's one of dozens of users providing Youtube "reports" of their experiences on the synthetic drug.

    Smile's effects have been called a combination of MDMA and LSD, only far more potent. Users have reported a speedy charge along with intense visual and aural hallucinations that can last anywhere from hours to days."At first I'd think something was extremely beautiful and then it look really strange," another user says in a recorded online account."I looked at my girlfriend's face for a minute and it was pitch black…the black started dripping out of her eye." Because the drug is relatively new-it first surfaced around 2003 in European party scenes and only recently made its way to the states- the most readily accessible information about 2C-I comes from user accounts, many of which detail frightening experiences.

    On an internet forum one user describes the high as a "roller coaster ride through hell," while another warns "do not drive on this drug," after recounting his own failed attempt on the roadway.

    Over the past few years, synthetic drugs like K-2, Spice and Bath Salts, have become increasing popular with teenagers and young adults because of their accessibility. Their ingredients are relatively easy to obtain and order online and until recently, they weren't classified as illegal substances. But as they come under legal scrutiny, one by one, they've triggered a domino effect of newer, altered, and more potent versions.

    "I think [the drugs] just keep changing to try to circumvent the law," Lindsay Wold, a detective with the Grand Forks police department, told Yahoo Shine. "Anytime we try to figure something out, it changes." Since July, her department has launched an awareness campaign in an effort to crack down on the Smile's growing popularity with teens and young adults in the area. While reports of overdoses have spiked, Wold says it's difficult to measure it's growth in numbers. "The unfortunate thing is if kids who are overdosing on 2C-I go in to the hospital with a physical problem, a lot of times they can't test for it so it doesn't show up as a drug overdose," she says. The fact that 2C-I is untraceable in tests makes it more of a challenge for doctors to treat. It also contributes to drug's growing popularity among high school and college-age kids.

    "Synthetic drugs don't generally show up on drug tests and that's made it popular with young adults, as well as people entering the military, college athletes, or anyone who gets tested for drugs," Barbara Carreno, a spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Agency, tells Shine. 2C-I may be undetected in drug tests, but it's effects are evident in emergency rooms.
    According to James Mowry, the director of Indiana's Poison Control Center, 2-CI overdoses--on the rise in the state- and have been known to cause seizures, kidney failure, and fatally high blood pressure. "They do something that is called 'uncoupling." Mowry told an Indianapolis news station this month. "Basically, their muscles get to the point they cannot uncontract, so they sort of get rigid and then your temperature goes up really high and if you don't treat them really aggressively, those people usually end up dying." As more overdoses surface, officials are taking aggressive measures to clamp down on the problem. In July, the DEA announced Operation Log Jam, the first nationwide coordinated US Law enforcement strike specifically targeting designer synthetic drugs. That same month, 2C-I was classified as a Schedule 1 subtance, making possession and distribution of the drug illegal. Those caught distributing even a small amount are facing serious criminal charges. Stai's friend, who allegedly obtained the drug that caused his overdose, has been charged with third degree murder.

    While the drug's potential for overdose is apparent, the specific cases of fatalities are confounding. According to one site designed as a "fact sheet" for users, the dosage of the drug, which also comes as a liquid or a pill, is difficult to measure in powder form. When users snort the drug they could end up taking more than they realize, prompting an overdose. But in the case of Stai, the powder wasn't snorted, but melted into a chocolate bar and eaten. Some speculate those "hobby chemists" making the drug, using powders shipped from China, acetone and plant-based materials, are to blame for concocting particularly strong or toxic batches.

    "Anybody with a little money to front can import chemicals, mix, and sell it," says Carreno. "Many of these types of drugs were originally designed for research, and designed to be used on animals, not people." In fact, 2C-I was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin, a psychopharmacologist and scientific researcher. He also discovered the chemical make-up of 2C-E, closely-related psychadelic formula blamed for the death of a Minnesota teenager and the overdose of 11 others, last year.

    Because of his research, Shulgin has become an unintentional icon of the synthetic drug movement, and his formulas have been reprinted, and reduced to plain language, on drug-related web forums.

    "Drugs used to take longer to get around but now with the internet they can spread by word of mouth online," says Carreno. If drugs like Smile are able to spread virally, like an internet meme, they're outdated with the same speed. Already, a newer, re-booted version of the drug is cropping up on the other side of the planet, and by early accounts it's more frightening than the original.

    The new drug called 25b-Nbome, is a derivative of 2C-I, that's sold in tab form. This past month, it's linked to multiple ov rdoses seen in young people in Perth, Australia. Most notable was a young man who died after fatally slamming his body into trees and power line poles while high on the drug.
    "Overdose on these drugs is a reality... and can obviously result in dire consequences," a Perth police department official warned. It isn't obvious to everyone. "I can't recommend for anyone to go out and use this legally," says one 2C-I user in a Youtube video that's gotten 12,000 views, "but why not?"

    By Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, 19 Sep, 2012 7:42 PM EDT

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