There is a new teen drug known as “Smiles” that is freaking people out–and rightly so. It not only causes hallucinations and heart arrhythmias, but it’s also killing kids.
Sold in powder or tablet form, 2C-I–also known as “Smiles”–is a class of drugs related to amphetamines, which is typically mixed with a stabilizing substance like chocolate or candy before ingesting. Aside from being a completely untested drug where little is known about its risks, Smiles causes auditory and visual hallucinations, along with feelings of giddiness, relaxation and empathy. And it’s killed two teens in North Dakota recently.
A 17-year-old reportedly went to a McDonald’s this summer after taking 2C-I that was given to him by an 18-year-old friend. After ingesting it, the teen began hyperventilating and hitting his head against the ground. He was taken home, but stopped breathing and died several hours later. Since then, his 18-year-old has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
And that wasn’t an isolated incident. The night before this happened, an 18-year-old was found dead in the same town from an overdose of the same drug. It’s scary to think that these kids are taking drugs they–and we–know nothing about.
Aside from hallucinations and “bad trips”, Smiles causes heart arrhythmias and strokes, which can be fatal. It can also induce nausea and vomiting and feelings of fear and panic.
Drug use among teens is nothing new, but it continues to be a risky trend on the rise. According to a national survey on drug use, an estimated 20.1 million Americans ages 12 or older (8.0%) have used illicit drugs in the last month. That included marijuana (4.2 million), pain relievers for non medical purposes (1.7 million) and cocaine (1.4 million).
In addition to other trendy drugs like bath salts, everyday products like painkillers, over the counter cough medicines, aerosol products, glue and even nail polish have been reported by as other household items that teens use to get high. It makes the job of being a parent that much harder–and it makes the safety of these kids that much more at risk.
How scared does this make you?