EDMOND — A 20-year-old man remained in a hospital intensive care unit Wednesday as Edmond police continued to investigate two overdoses from synthetic drugs.
The victim, who police would not identify, was taken to the hospital after friends called 911 on Thursday.
The friends told police they had been snorting “Molly,” a pure form of Ecstasy, said Jennifer Monroe, Edmond police spokeswoman.
Monroe said Molly is commonly used to describe Ecstacy in a powder form. It comes in the form of a capsule that users break open and snort.
Another overdose was reported on Sept. 27, after officers were sent out on a report of a man trying to get inside an apartment at 801 N Kelly.
“When our officers arrived they found an 18-year-old male acting irrationally in a field behind the complex,” Monroe said. Police used a Taser to get the man under control.
The man was identified as Colton Beard, 18, of Edmond. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of what was believed to be Molly.
Investigators have taken information to the district attorney asking for charges to be filed against the couple who lived at the apartment, and a friend. No charges had been filed Wednesday.
Beard was cited on municipal charges of resisting an officer, public intoxication and possession of marijuana.
The laws dealing with synthetic drugs will become tougher on Nov. 1 when a state law mimicking the federal law goes into effect.
The law makes synthetic drugs illegal regardless of what additional chemicals are added, said Edmond detective Greg Hunt.
Police are warning people about taking synthetic drugs such as K2, Spice and Potpourri, a chemical that is sprayed onto a leafy substance and smoked. Other synthetic drugs are Molly and Smiles, which are in the form of a white powder and may look like table salt crystals.
“These drugs are causing convulsions, strange verbal altercations and overheating the brain and extremely irrational behavior,” Monroe said.
The synthetic drugs are purchased online and in head shops and smoke shops.
No synthetic drugs were found at Edmond tobacco shops when officers recently investigated, Hunt said.
“These synthetic drugs are dangerous,” Hunt said. “The reaction is not as quick, but the effect is longer.”