One dead, seven hospitalized after taking hallucinogen at Seminole County party

One person died and seven others were hospitalized early Saturday after ingesting a substance the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation thinks is the designer hallucinogen 2C-E. The victims' names have not been released, Seminole County Chief Deputy Todd Hignite said.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Published: May 8, 2011
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OSBI think the drug is 2C-E, a drug similar to Ecstasy.

However, unlike Ecstasy, 2C-E does not appear on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's controlled substances schedule.

In March, 2C-E reportedly left one 19-year-old dead and 10 others hospitalized after they ingested the drug at a spring break party in Blaine, Minn.

Designer drugs

“I can't say that we see all that much of it (2C-E) here in Oklahoma, but we're seeing a lot of these designer drugs reaching Oklahoma and being sold as Ecstasy,” Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control spokesman Mark Woodward said.

“A lot of these amateur chemists started switching the chemicals thinking, ‘Hey this isn't Ecstasy, so they can't get me,'” he said.

“If a state has not scheduled it yet, that doesn't necessarily mean it's not illegal. They can be prosecuted not by what the product is, but how it's advertised. If you're talking about getting high with it, even something as simple as spray paint can be illegal in that context,” Woodward said.

“Parents need to talk to their kids about the dangers of this stuff, and kids need to understand that there's a lot of stuff out there that's not going to be what they say it is,” he said.

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