COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Imagine a fate worse than death delivered to your door. Authorities say it can happen to those who overdose on a drug that’s creeping into Collin County schools.READ MORE: SMU Researchers Help Develop Technology That Allows Cameras To See Around The Corner
CBS 11 News had an exclusive interview with a teenage user who explained the unbelievable way kids are getting their hands on the drug.
Two deaths in recent months are enough to sound an alarm in Collin County about a drug that’s not sold in back alleys, but rather mailed right to the homes of teenagers.
CBS 11 was able to obtain an actual drug menu. The listing was recently taken from a teenage dealer in Plano.
Along with marijuana and cheese heroin, the hallucinogenic drug 25i, also known as NBOMe, was listed at a price around $5.
“It’s more of like a vacation for your mind,” the Wylie teen said of 25i. “I did it once.”
The boy is one of a growing number of teens using NBOMe, but the twist is now he says the drug can actually be ordered online.READ MORE: Dallas Sheriffs Ask Public For Help Finding Missing Seagoville Man
“You just buy bitcoins,” he explained. “It doesn’t go into the regular currency system. You get it mailed [but] it’s not a good thing to do. If you get caught it’s a federal crime.”
The psychedelic drug 25i comes in stamps and powder form and is believed to be behind the deaths of 17-year-old Evan Johnson in Plano last December and a Frisco teenager the year before.
Collin County drug counselor Grace Raulston says NBOMe isn’t just killing teenagers; it’s turning some users into schizophrenics.
“It fries the serotonin receptors in the brain and it can leave you in an altered state of reality, so you’ll go on a trip you’ll never come back from.”
The boy using NBOMe in Wylie is getting clean after being caught. He now has a message for others.
“Once you get caught you have to pay a big price for it.”
Raulston says about 150 of her clients are 25i users. She suggests parents occasionally search their kids rooms and social media for signs they may be taking or trying to buy popular new drug.MORE NEWS: CDC: Public Health Authorities Investigating Additional Confirmed Case Of COVID-19 Omricron Variant
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