DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Dane County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens about a new synthetic drug to Dane County.
Detectives learned about the drug after two high schools students overdosed. Both were taken to the hospital. One is still there and may have long-term physical damage.
The sheriff's office says the drug goes by the name NBOMe, 25i NBOMe, Smiles, N-Bomb, 251, and other variations. It was first sold as a recreational drug a few years ago.
The drug is a hallucinogenic and consumers compare the drug to LSD. Teens may think the drug is harmless, but police say it can have adverse effects like aggression, hypertension, seizures, elevated white blood cell counts and acute kidney damage. Some overdoses have led to long-term hospitalization and even death.
The sheriff's office says NBOMe can be inhaled, injected or snorted. It's most commonly found on blotter paper and may be sold as LSD in this form. The legal status is someone ambiguous since its make-up is ever-changing. The sheriff's office says there are federal cases in which sellers have been prosecuted in overdose deaths.
The sheriff's office encourages citizens to educate themselves on the drug and have a talk with their children about the dangers of it.
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