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N-Bomb Drug: Police Call It a Dangerous Addition to St. Louis Area

The St. Louis County Police sent out a warning about the deadly hallucinogen after a West County parent said she believes her daughter may have been slipped N-Bomb at a New Year's Eve party and nearly overdosed.

St. Louis County Police are warning parents and teens about a new sythentic drug called "N-Bomb" that is already responsible for deaths in several states. 

The name stems from its chemical composition, 2C-I-NBOMe or 25INBOMe, and police say it is a powerful hallucinogen that is a more potent and deadly derivative of mescaline. 

In a news release, the St. Louis County Police said the substance has been purchased undercover in the metro area by drug detectives. Chief Tim Fitch said it's important for the public to be aware about the dangerous nature of this relatively new drug. 

The statement from law enforcement was partly in response to a Chesterfield mother who said she believes her teenage daughter was offered N-Bomb at a New Year's Eve Party in Wildwood and nearly overdosed as a result. 

Sgt. Mark Whitson with the St. Louis County's Bureau of Drug Enforcement said his agency and its local and federal counterparts are working together to discover what they can about N-Bomb, but said it's relatively new to the area. 

It first surfaced in online references in 2010 and various state crime labs only started getting a hold of the substance in 2012. Several news reports linking deaths to N-Bomb have also appeared in the last few years. 

Whitson wouldn't confirm if the agency has any active investigations, but said county police and other law enforcement organisations will continue to share resources as they develop an approach on how to combat the synthetic substance. 

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