13 Oct N-Bomb- The Dangerous New Party Drug

From acid to ecstasy, party drugs are nothing new, but the latest to hit the scene has proven to be particularly dangerous. N-bomb is named for the supposed main ingredient, a hallucinogen called NBOMe. It is marketed as being a more potent version of LSD, but in reality it’s usually more similar to meth. N-bomb has caused a lot of damage to those who have taken it in its short run of distribution and the cases of harm from this drug continue to get worse and worse.

The Risks of Synthetics and Party Drugs

Like other party drugs, N-bomb is made from a complex mix of synthetic chemicals by amateur chemists in unknown labs. Ecstasy, LSD, molly, meth, and acid are made the same way, and all of these drugs have the same huge risks because we don’t know much about them. The manufacturers of these drugs are continually cut off from their supplies of the main ingredients as the FDA and regulating agencies in other countries outlaw the harmful substances. This leads them scrambling for any substitute they can find in order to keep the money rolling in.

The final product of party drugs like N-bomb that make it to the street could contain anything and those who take them have no way of knowing what they’re taking, or how potent the dose is. This has lead to countless overdoses, and life threatening reactions to N-bomb and other party drugs. Doctors are very limited on how they can help a person suffering from the negative side effects of these drugs because they have no idea of what’s now in the person’s body.

Limited But Alarming Knowledge

Experts still don’t know much about N-bomb, and are having trouble gaining ground on the ever-changing concoction, but what they do know is very alarming. Also known as “smiles,” “legal acid,” or “25I,” N-bomb is a hallucinogen that reacts with the serotonin receptors in the brain. It is much more powerful than LSD, so even a very small amount can lead to dangerous side effects, such as:

Heart attack
Arrested breathing

Along with the other side effects of hallucinogens, such as severe dehydration, erratic behavior, and emotional distress, it’s easy to see why more and more users are dying from this drug as time goes on. High schoolers and young adults are the most common age group being brought into hospitals by friends, where doctors are trying to unravel the mystery of what exactly they’re under the influence of before they run out of time.

Protecting Yourself and Others

No matter how professionally packaged they are, or how reliable your source for N-bomb and other party drugs are, there is absolutely no way for you to know exactly what these drugs contain when taking them. There is no safe circumstance for taking these drugs and the only way to protect yourself from their negative side effects is to avoid them altogether. If you’re present when someone else is having a bad reaction to this or other party drugs, get them medical attention right away. N-bomb is notorious for being a long-lasting drug, whose effects compound over time for as long as a few days, so chances are things are going to get worse before they get better.

Ben Harris is a Substance Use Disorder Counselor and began working in substance abuse treatment in 1987. During the past 25 years, he has worked in in-patient, residential, wilderness, intensive out-patient, and out-patient adolescent and adult programs. He has spent the majority of those years in management positions including executive director and national director responsible for the safe and effective operations of several programs. He has also served as president of the Utah Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors and on national committees with NAADAC and ICRC.

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