New synthetic drug hits Louisiana
BATON ROUGRE- A new synthetic drug is hitting the streets of Louisiana, and it's killed one person already.
The drug is called 25- I or N-Bomb. It comes in all different types of forms, and police say a man died after inhaling it at Voodoo Fest last weekend in New Orleans.
25-I is illegal under federal law, but its specific chemical makeup isn't banned under Louisiana state law. Rep. Kevin Pearson says waiting until the next legislative session to add the drug to the list of banned synthetics may be too late.
"We don't want to sit there and have to wait until next March, April, or May and say until then there no ramifications," says Rep. Pearson.
Pearson drafted a letter to the Department of Health and Hospitals, urging it to go ahead and put the drug on the scheduled drug list. That would give state and local officials the ability to prosecute people using, selling or making the drug.
"There is no other use for this chemical. This is not something you take and say 'Let me polish my shelves.' This is something with the purpose to get someone high," Pearson said.
The drug could cause hallucinations, euphoria, confusion, paranoia and panic. It's also believed to be the blame for at least five people's death across the country, including two teens.
Two other people were hospitalized for taking the drug during Voodoo Fest.