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Monday, October 1, 2012

"Smiles" Latest Designer Drug Is No Laughing Matter

2C-I Image via Wikipedia
Did you ever wonder who "creates" the names for designer drugs? It is interesting, isn't it?
  • Euphoria
  • Bath Salts
  • White China or China White
  • Plant Food
  • Nexus
  • Foxy
  • Orange Sunshine
  • Pandora

"Smiles" latest designer drug to hit the news

Over the past couple of weeks news outlets have started reporting on, the latest designer drug "Smiles."  Smiles, as it is known on the street, is an illegal synthetic drug officially called 2C- I. According to a Fox News report:
'2C-I is part of the 2C family of drugs, a group of closely related molecules that have psychedelic effects. Along with the other 2Cs, 2C-I was discovered by chemist and synthetic-drug guru Alexander Shulgin, who published the formulas of psychoactive drugs in his book "PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story." As of July 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies 2C-I as a Schedule I controlled substance, making it illegal to manufacture, buy, sell or possess the drug.'
At least two deaths appear to be connected to Smiles - a 17-year-old from East Grand Forks, North Dakota and one other teen in East Grand Forks.

Now celebrity death may be tied to "Smiles"

Does it really take the death of a celebrity (famous or infamous) to steer the American public's attention to focus on the dangers of any kind of drug? The sad truth is: the answer to this rhetorical question is YES! Our lives become so busy with everyday schedules that we often pay no or little attention to news headlines, until a celebrity is mentioned. Perhaps the celebrity's connection to a news items provides a point of reference that we can recognize. Quite simply it is the celebrity's name that sells the headline.

On September 26, 2012, Johnny Lewis died. Johnny is believed to have either jumped to his death or fell from the rooftop of a home. Now police are investigating whether or not Mr. Lewis may have been high on the latest designer drug "Smile". Toxicology reports will not be available for several weeks, so the investigation continues.

ABC News report features Johnny Lewis and "Smiles"

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

Children, teenagers, and adults of all ages need to understand the dangers associated with designer drugs. Don't be lured by a catchy name. Designer drugs are dangerous and lethal.
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