News release from Sarasota County Sheriff's Office:
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens about 25i-NBOMe, a synthetic phenethylamine similar to LSD that gives the user a euphoric feeling at first, but can cause disorientation and violent behavior that may also lead to death.
A recent overdose on 25i by a Sarasota County teen who is now recovering sparked an investigation by detectives. In all, five individuals were arrested this weekend: 16-year-old Kyle Baker, 11517 Dancing River Lane, Venice; 18-year-oldCooper Barkow, 954 Ryan Court, Venice; 18-year-old John Johnston, 6226 21st Avenue North, Sarasota; 25-year-old Richard Reese, 1303 12th Street, Sarasota; and 18-year-old Kyler Blessitt, last known address in Asheville, North Carolina.
The NBOMe compounds are substantially more potent than other hallucinogenic drugs, and extremely small amounts can cause seizures, cardiac and respiratory arrest, and death. Synthetic drugs like these, which are sold on the Internet, have no consistent manufacturing processes and may contain drastically differing dosage amounts or a mix of several unknown adulterants. When the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classified 25i and two similar substances as Schedule I drugs, they stated the action was to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety.
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"People are playing Russian roulette when they use synthetic drugs," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "Just like our very public push to warn citizens about the dangers of K2 years ago, I am issuing this warning because everyone needs to know these harmful drugs have made their way into our community and that they have potentially deadly effects."
In addition to seizing 26 hits of 25i, Detectives and Tactical Unit Deputies recovered nearly 60 grams of marijuana, 9.1 grams of MDMA or "molly," 5.3 grams of hash and a small quantity of butane hash oil.
"This investigation began with an overdose from which, thankfully, the teen is recovering'" continued Knight. "As stewards of public safety our ultimate fear of course is that we find out about these 'new' synthetics in a circumstance even worse than this one, when recovery isn't an option."