Dangerous synthetic drug making rounds through college town

Dangerous synthetic drug making rounds through college town
Agent Gage Vance said it's hard to tell the difference between synthetics and the LSD that's been around since the 60s. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Agent Gage Vance said it's hard to tell the difference between synthetics and the LSD that's been around since the 60s. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - A dangerous and potentially deadly synthetic drug is making its rounds around a popular Mid-South college town.

Agents with the Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit report that two people have had to go to the hospital because of synthetic LSD, or 25i, in the past month.

The designer drug has also been blamed for deaths across the country.

Agent Gage Vance said it's hard to tell the difference between synthetics and the LSD that's been around since the 60s.

It requires chemical testing at a Mississippi crime lab.

Vance said both types of LSD are typically in liquid form and are then placed on blotter paper or even candy.

"Sugar cubes, anything porous that will absorb a liquid, down to sweet tarts, I've heard of and seen it on jolly ranchers," Vance said.

He's worked on the Ole Miss campus, and now is an agent with the Metro unit, which consists of officers from the city of Oxford, Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, and University of Mississippi Police.

The group wants to get the word out that these drugs are on the streets.

People in town and Ole Miss students said they hadn't heard about the drug being used in the area.

"I know there's drugs around Oxford, and there's kind of an underground drug scene I guess, but honestly I hadn't heard about synthetic LSD in town, I didn't know it was an issue," said Paul Katool, a recent Ole Miss graduate.

Vance said some of the substances in 25i were just made illegal last year.

The synthetic drug can cause seizures, hallucinations, unconsciousness, and even death.

People there hope it's just a short lived trend in a town full of college kids.

"It's very sad, and it's disheartening and upsetting, we're in a college town, but it's quaint and you just don't think that kind of stuff would happen around here," said student Morgan Burger.

A University of Mississippi spokesperson said they had no reports of the drug being used on campus, but added they continually educate students on the dangers of drug abuse.

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