New drug has doctors, parents on high alert

Director of Indiana Poison Control Center James Mowry
Director of Indiana Poison Control Center James Mowry

INDIANAPOLIS (WAVE) - A new drug in Indiana has doctors and parents on high alert.

2 CI, is the name of a new synthetic drug that is on the streets and is called smiles.  A powerful, synthetic psychedelic drug manufactured for one reason.

The Director of Indiana Poison Control Center James Mowry said, "They are trying to go for that safe high and there is probably no such thing has a safe high." And there's no such thing as a safe high.  Mowry said the effects of the drug have him on edge. He says smiles has been known to cause seizures, kidney failure and, in a few cases, raised blood pressure and body temperatures to fatal levels.

"They do something that is called 'uncoupling.' Basically, their muscles get to the point they cannot uncontract, so they sort of get rigid and then your temperature goes up really high and if you don't treat them really aggressively, those people usually end up dying," Mowry explained.

This is the effect that users are usually after. 2CI is being sold as an alternative psychedelic drug. It is most commonly found in pill form, but there are reports of users injecting it. The psychedelic effects are also reported as more powerful than its natural occurring counterparts, with the effects lasting a few hours or days.

Technically, the drug is illegal in Indiana. Investigators said 'smiles' is a new drug, targeted at people who used to buy K2 - spice and bath salts - which became illegal just a few months ago. What is setting off alarms is how quick the drug has found its way into Indiana.

Mowry said, "There is always something new once we figure out a way to get rid of one drug, or substance of abuse somebody will find another substance of abuse."

But there is some good news when it comes to new drugs. Indiana is usually one of the last states hit, giving the poison control people an opportunity to learn from others.

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