POSTED: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 8:03pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 10:12am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It's a drug known as 25i or N-Bomb, it's also being blamed for killing one man already in the state of Louisiana.
"From what I understand and from what I’ve read is that the first indication that something is not right with the person that consumes it is babbling or incoherent speech and then they go in to a seizure like situation. And then they go in to a coma and do not come out of it," Rebbecca Nugent, with the LSP crime lab, explained.
That’s when the department of health and hospitals went in to emergency mode, moving quickly to ban the powdery substance.
"Effective immediately the possession, manufacturing or distribution of this drug will carry penalties similar to that of heroin, which could mean 30 years in prison," Bruce Greenstein, the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, declared.
Officials say the drug is being manufactured abroad, in China and India, and shipped in to the country.
"You can't go in to a convince store and buy it, from what we know it's something you get on the internet and virtually order. It’s a non-descript, clear little pack with a white powdery substance," Capt. Kevin McGuane, the state police crime lab director, explained.
Rebecca Nugent of the Louisiana state police crime lab said the drug first made its way under their microscopes in May, and again made two more appearances after that, before taking a life last month. Only then was it deemed dangerous enough to ban.
"Working with other scientists at other crime labs we were able to identify it as 25i-nbomb. Which was the first time we had seen it in the state," Nugent said.
"In this case we don't have trending information. We have one very sad story, and we have another instance where in the crime lab that had seen it. But we've had very few calls about it because it's not very well understood," Greenstein added.
Representative Kevin Pearson has promised to carry the ban in to law in the upcoming legislative session.