The Illinois Poison Center is warning people about a new class of illicit hallucinogenic designer drugs.
The drugs, which are gaining popularity in Illinois, are often taken as substitutes for club drugs like Ecstasy or Molly and are known by names like 2CE, 2CI, 25i-NBOM3. The nation has seen a surge in the use of such drugs over the past 18 months, according to the center.
Illinois Poison Center Medical Director Dr. Michael Wahl warned: "The effects of hallucinogenic amines can be far worse than the effects of more well-known club drugs. Since drugs like 2CE are relatively new to the market, little is known about their structure and potency, which exponentially increases the dangers of using them."
Symptoms of use may include in anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations and loss of consciousness. Some of the drugs report extended hallucinogenic effects, at times lasting more than 24 hours.
The center received three calls this year about 2CE overdoses. Because these new drugs are difficult to differentiate from other club drugs, it is likely other called-in overdoses may also be related, Wahl said.