A Forked River teenager is recovering from what police say is a “near death” experience following the ingestion of a synthetic psychedelic drug.
Police responded to an emergency call involving a reported overdosed on an unknown hallucinogenic substance initially suspected as being LSD, said Lacey Township Police Chief David A. Paprota in a release.
The teenager was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River then transferred to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for critical care, Paprota said. The teenager is recovering.
Police learned that the substance is a synthetic psychedelic chemical known on the street as “25i” or “N-Bomb.”
“The street names for the drug vary but tend to be based on its chemical composition, ’25I-NBOMe.’ The investigation has led to the belief that the synthetic drug may have been ordered by local teens via the internet,” Paprota said. “The drug is believed to be distributed on very small, perforated square tabs of paper similar to blotter acid (LSD) tabs. It is most commonly taken by placing the paper tab under the tongue. The substance is extremely dangerous and will likely lead to organ failure and death in those who use it.”
Police have identified several teens believed to have used the substance and advised them and their parents about the ongoing investigation and extreme danger associated with the drug, according to the release.
“This notice is to advise the public of the concern and to ask for the assistance of parents. Parents of teenagers in Lacey Township are asked to speak with their children about this concern,” Paprota said.
Anyone with information is asked to forward it through the “Crime Tips” section of the police department website at www.LaceyPD.org/crime-tips/ or call Officer Dimitri Tsarnas at (609) 693-6636 x2576.