Saturday, March 26, 2011


(This blog is written to inform parents and others of disturbing trends of teenagers.)

If you are the parent of a tween/teen, then you are well aware of how these new "teen trends" come and go...some so fast, I don't even have time to write about them, before teens have moved on to another "trend".

According, to CBS News, a Spring Break party turned deadly in Blaine, Minn., because of a mass overdose.  Police say at least 11 party goers overdosed on a designer drug known as 2 C-E, one of whom died. WHAT MAKES THIS DRUG DANGEROUS?
  • 2 C-E is a hallucinogen that has psychedelic effects similar to LSD or ecstasy. Therefore, it works as a central nervous system stimulant and causes hallucinations.
  • The onset of effects are slow, taking between 20 and 90 minutes, so a teen thinks the drug isn't working.   Because of this slow onset, he/she takes other drugs or more 2 C-E, increasing the risk of overdose.
  • This drug also has what you would call a long "shelf life".  It can stay in their system from 12 to  hours, and again if mixed with other drugs, it effects the heart, the kidneys, and raises the body's temperature. 
  • Users have reported experiencing "relatively normal thought processes" even while experiencing visual and auditory distortions.  These users suggest that 2 C-E doesn't impair judgment as deeply as other psychedelic-type drugs. However, these claims have not been tested in any controlled studies.
According to CBS, this is a "synthetic designer drug.  Part of the 2 C-E family is designated by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) as a controlled substance.  Other parts are not, so it is accessible online."  Teens can  have  a false sense of security by thinking "if it can be bought on the Internet, it must be safe". 

Parents, here is another reason we need to keep a close eye on what our tween/teens are doing online and make sure we get to know all their friends.


The Sierra Home Companion said...

It sure is a different world these days. Thanks for posting this I for one had never heard of this drug.

Kristy said...

Great info! Thanks so much for visiting on my SITS day!

Karen@WaistingTime said...

Thanks for visiting my blog:) You cover some great topics. I have a teen, HS senior, and a son who just turned 21. Not too long ago the top of my teen's car was denting in and there were foot prints on it and our first thought was - car surfing!

Anonymous said...

While I don't have a teenager, I nanny for one and she has a lot of unsupervised computer time. I think of her as my little sister and am shocked at how different things are, even from when I was in high school!

Thanks for stopping my my SITS day!

Laura said...

Stopping by from SITS. So scary! People are constantly coming up with new, tricky things. So hard to keep up with.

Robin Gregory Rollins said...

This just happened in our town! 12 overdoses with 4 dead. All at the same party. Our town is in a state of shock. Please parents, talk to your kids about this drug!

Minna said...

This is such a shame. If LSD were legal, partiers wouldn't have to resort to less safe experiences-- it's literally impossible to overdose on LSD.

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