LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- A new dangerous drug sent three Loudoun County teenage girls, 13 to 18 years old, to hospitals last weekend.
The drug is like LSD and has several nicknames such as 25i, Nbomb and Smiles. Police say it's a dangerous narcotic that first gives the user a euphoric feeling, but can then cause disorientation and violent behavior. In most dangerous cases, the drug causes a rapid heart rate, which has led to deaths.
Fairfax County Police have seen a handful of cases over the past few years, according to Lt. Tony Matos, Assistant Commander of the narcotics division. The cases all involved teens or young adults, he says.
Lt. Matos says the drug comes in a powder form which is turned into a liquid that blotter paper can either be dipped into or sprayed. The paper is then cut into small pieces and used by placing it on the tongue or in the mouth. The drug can also affect people who touch it because it can be absorbed through the skin.
The colorful pieces of paper may look harmless, but they are not, says Matos. He advises parents of teens and young adults to become familiar with the nicknames 25i, Nbomb and Smiles and to watch for unusual behavior such as hallucinations, sweating and violence.
The Drug Enforcement Agency recently classified 25i as a Schedule I narcotic.
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman says his deputies are investigating the three teens' overdoses and where they obtained the drug.