Law enforcement officials thought “Smiles” or illegal synthetic drug 2C-I, may have strong link with teenagers’ death, according to a report.
Matthew Johnson, a professor of behavioral pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University admitted the literature concerning the problems associated with 2C-I impacts on human health would show there is less formal safety evaluations of it conducted on humans.
"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."
However, law enforcement officials still consider the possibility illegal synthetic drug 2C-I may have important contribution to the deaths of two teenagers in East Grand Forks, North Dakota.
A 17-year-old went to a McDonald's in June after taking 2C-I mixed with melted chocolate given to him by an 18-year-old friend. The younger teenager began hyperventilating and hitting his head against the ground. His friends took him home, but several hours later, he stopped breathing. His 18-year-old companion has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The night before, an 18-year-old was found dead in the same town, reportedly of a similar overdose, prompting police to warn about a tainted batch of 2C-I.
According to a report, Adam Budge, 18, is now facing 25-year sentence in prison after dosing a friend with fatal hallucinogen known as 2C-I, which caused the death of Elijah Stai, 17, after gulping down the said drug.
2C-I, a dose-sensitive drug belongs to 2CB family or ecstasy, which could be swallowed, snorted or smoked, leaving its users to hallucinate.
Although there is little information about the long-term health effects of this drug, based on a featured article:
2C-I can give you indigestion, wind, an upset stomach, nausea and loose bowels.
2C-I is a stronger psychedelic than ecstasy and is more speedy than 2CB. It can give you hallucinations of bright colours, lights, trails and firework effects. They can keep you energised for up to ten hours. All your senses will be heightened.
2C-I doesn't have the same sensual or sexual edge as 2CB.