2C-E: One dead, 10 hospitalized after mass drug overdose in Blaine

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2C-1, the drug being blamed for the overdoses.
Blaine police arrived to a spring break party early this morning to find 11 teenagers and young adults suffering from an apparent mass overdose.

One of the teenagers, a 19-year-old boy, is already dead.

The drug being blamed for the overdoses, 2C-E, is the chemical cousin of a relatively new, synthetic hallucinogen called 2C-I. Since it first surfaced in the early 2000s, 2C-I built a reputation as a short-acting club drug that can be ingested in pill or powder form. Until now, no deaths have been linked to 2C-I and massive overdoses have been survived.

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2C-E can be taken in gel caps.
According Anoka County Sheriff commander Paul Sommer, 2C-E is actually legal.

"It's not on any controlled substance tables in the United States," he says. "I guess you wouldn't even call it a drug. It's kind of marketed as a research chemical or something like that."

Reports indicate that the party guests were able to order the drug online and started feeling ill after ingesting it.

After police went to the house in Blaine, several party guests fled the scene, only to succumb to the effects of the drug. Officers spent some time trying to round everyone up. The victims are between the ages of 16 and 21, and at least two are in high school.

The 19-year-old boy died earlier today, and two people are in critical condition. Authorities are withholding the names of the victims.

Sommer says the ability to legally purchase designer drugs like 2C-E is becoming more of a problem.

"We're told that amongst teens, these kind of substances are thought to be somewhat safe because they're seemingly legal," says Sommer. "They're far from safe."

Continuing Coverage of 2C-E

* One dead, 10 hospitalized in mass drug overdose in Blaine

* Trevor Robinson, 19, dead from 2C-E overdose

* 2C-E: What is it?



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Dima Khval
Dima Khval

This was not 2c-e, and definitely not a 2c-x at all. Clearly. And there is no way that ms. K is gonna ban every one of those (mostly harmless) chemicals because of a death involving something that is most likely bromo dragonfly. Makes me not want to be a democrat.NO MORE SCHEDULED SUBSTANCES! WE HAVE ENOUGH ALREADY! the newer analogues will just be more potent and more dangerous. just take a look at whats around the corner. Microgram potency versions of every one of these!

Malfredsabitch
Malfredsabitch

SWIM has consumed 100 mgs. No serious after effects notable. Kids should not be using drugs that are a puzzle to adults. Don't jump to ban something just because the info available is limited. That's a fault on our government for not informing us. 

Boonmeister
Boonmeister

Having known people who have researched this chemical extensively, I can say, with authority on the subject that these people have not overdosed on 2c-e. It's just the same in thr U.K. when there was all the nonsense about mephedrone deaths and it turned out it was a methadone overdose. Watch out for those £10 eckies, they make your palms melt and your eyeballs hairy.

Jesus
Jesus

 Well gee, Maybe if the American government wasn't so fucking greedy and ignorant those kids would have been smoking marijuana and had a safe night rather than lose their lifes thanks to this giant profit scheme known as the "war on drugs"

Doug Booker
Doug Booker

This is either fake or these people each took a gram and it was laced with something else.. i believe an autopsy on the body should be done before blaming a relatively harmless chemical that at the very worst causes puking relative to alcohol poisoning... This chemical has been used safely for a very long period of time and a group of youngsters mistakes and possibly laced material should not lead to any further action.

naturallyhumble
naturallyhumble

heres some advice to all- if its man made dont do it. **LEGALIZE IT** the green i mean....

Max
Max

If they would just legalize LSD kids wouldn't resort to unknown hallucinogens.

God
God

can anyone say natural selection... UMMMMMMM

bronson
bronson

whatever happened to getting a couple cases of keystone and a few blunts and having a bonfire in the woods? I O.D.'d on keystone once and all that happened was I peed on my parents' couch. PARTY SAFE, KIDS!

Dr.3xC
Dr.3xC

you enjoy the theory atleast the government is trying.

its wonderful to know that our gov is stepping-in to do what they can, to protect you, even if its from yourself.

its sad to know that our government, doesnt have a better policy or atleast tried another policy.the u.s. federal department to deal with these issues, duh! drug enforcement agency, there operation to solve the drug issue, "war on drugs"so it would seem, the mindset of the dea, is if we make the drugs go away, so will the drug problems. psychoactive substances have been used by mankind for over 50000years. they are apart of human behavior and thus as long as man exist so will the substances. ban one, and a less known new one will be sold in its place.Example being with the recent bath salts,which contained an interesting substance. Substance that looks alot like another substance that became controlled a few years ago. Substance known as 3,4methylenedioxymethamphetamine aka MDMA or street slang "esctasy" years ago this was a legal and useful substance for many people. Saved many marriages and help rape victums recover emotionally, but many began abusing in the club/rave scene. Few had heat stroke and heat exhaustion, but these few took large recreational amounts. In response, DEA scheduled it and underground it went.

These "bath salts" contain Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDVP), a power amphetamine-like substance. It some what like if MDMA and Methylphenidate (Ritalin) got smashed together.Potency 4x that of methylphenidate, cravings to redose and addiction of that of methamphetamine. Many cases of psychosis, but no reported deaths from MDVP. The case is, governments can do whatever they want but, the story been going on for 20+ years, one becomes illegal, it still can be obtain, gangs get a new product, people go prison for possesion, DEA gets new increased budget to help fight the new illegal substance, year later theres a new legal possible stronger verison on the market. is that really helping? or just causing more damage?

When it comes down to it, the government should take some of the advice, that drug users are told " Too much of a good thing is always a bad thing" The DEA has vast amounts of power, so much that its destructive. I can only dream for now of a better way to handle these issues.We know once before in american history prohibition failed with alcohol, and todays prohibition has failed announced the DEA, itself. So, americans dont like full-scale legalization, or prohibition. I personal would love to see the day that Drug Enforcement Agency, becomes the Drug Regulation Agency (DRA)

Its already in the step-upmany wonderful things are to come, from the DRA aite now whine about my rant

p.s. for everyone out there, its not just research on the net, and far from high school, this is a field of study. All the closedminded, severe low cognition skills, and for those that had one too many blows to the head:READ CAREFULLYThere is an occupation known as "Psychopharmacology" research gig at a university, its the study of psychoactive substances.so one is getting government paychecks, contracts, and well funded research grants.With this said those who are for the ban and control of substances that induce euphoria, you are way over your head and your fight is a lost cause. while you fight to ban, some get a fat check, to discover more of what you consider devil's candy ;) Wanna know a real neat fact: there hundreds of legal substances that induce all kinds of Euphoria. MDVP that was done in 1960, think about the technology in the 21st century. Development of new psychoactive substances is not going to end.

JohnnyDubstar
JohnnyDubstar

2C-E if researched properly is safe. I've known several people who have used it in excess of 10-20 times in their life and have not experienced any form of short or long term side effects due to the consumption of any phenylamine. These idiots most likely bought a wrong subtance, or took something in the 500mg range, but thats also hard to believe because it is very expensive if taken at that retardly high dose.

Max Furniture
Max Furniture

There are shops selling it in many states. It's a plant for godssake, sweet old ladies who also may be grandmas of these kids are growing it in their orchards AS WE SPEAK. And as most drug users know, marijuana is a compliment to pretty much every recreational substance.

Guest
Guest

This is why EVERYTHING needs to be legalized.

If you don't teach people what's up, how can they know? all they know is it's alluring forbidden white powder. No REAL reason not to do it, once they realize it's no more illegal than weed, which is harmless.

Should be just like alcohol scare tactics in high school health class. It's my fucking right to be able to take any damn thing I feel like, wether or not I will is another matter. The government trying to say otherwise is in blatant ATTACK on the foundations of american government and freedom in general.

Drug laws are the MOST invasive form of totalitarianism, my neurotransmitters are none of your fucking beeswax. AND they cause tragedies like this.

Brett Dixon
Brett Dixon

This is why marijuana needs to get legalized. Hopefully congress sees this. Marijuana is 100% safe and impossible to overdose on. But it's illegal, so these kids have to resort to something that could be potentially dangerous.

Too Many Druggies
Too Many Druggies

If you want to see the drug in action, head on over to First Avenue for Too Much Love. Designer drugs are no joke and very dangerous!

Ram Dass
Ram Dass

The drug on its own might not be to blame. Upon doing some research, this type of drug works about the same as LSD and MDMA (mimics serotonin and affects those specific systems in your brain). If one has been taking an MAOI antidepressant (two commonly found are Nardil and Marplan), the drug will be greatly potentiated to the point where it could cause a heart attack, seizure, etc. DO NOT TAKE DRUGS IF YOU ARE ON MEDICATION!! ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR BODY FOR CHRISTS SAKE! ITS THE ONLY ONE YOUVE GOT!

Bigmike
Bigmike

Sorry to say this, but these kids were idiots. They ingested drugs without knowing what they even were or how it would affect their body. The article says noone had died from that stuff before, what is different now? Trying to be "tough" and turning taking a powerful drug into a drinking game. And that is hardly an excuse like it's made in the article, since it is legal it's safe? It's legal to sleep with a stranger without a condom, it's legal to drink yourself to death or start smoking and die from cancer in 40 years. What happened here was just kids with barely any critical thinking, with only the ability to consume. It's what consumerism has done to us, made us a bunch of bumbling bafoons with money to throw away on things that will end our lives prematurely. I think a better name for these drugs would be "Too Stupid 2C", better name for such a needless risk and a life lost.

Towel
Towel

They had to have taken WELL over 100mg, because there are a multitude of reports of taking 2C-E at over 100mg. A typical dose is 15mg. The police have no idea what they are talking about, 2C-X drugs ARE illegal via the Federal Analogue Act. Possession with intent to consume is just as illegal as possession of LSD.

Whatever the chemical really was may have been mislabeled 2C-E / 2C-I, and really was something that is ultra-potent like a DOx series that CAN be fatal at the standard dosage of 2C-E.

Angie
Angie

Pee happens.

Solipsis
Solipsis

Alcohol? Do you know how many deaths and illnesses and addictions we have in the world from alcohol. It ranks very high on the list of harmful drugs research and statistics put up. Things like LSD and 2C-E are nowhere near that and you would have to handle these psychedelics pretty irresponsibly to die from them.It's not the drugs, they are fine. These kids that took them were stupid enough not to read about what they are dealing with. You wouldn't believe how many things are out there that if handled irresponsibly could mean your death.But surely, now the demonizing begins, by people who have not researched what there is to know about the 2C-X drug class but only read 'a bunch of youngsters died on semi-legal drugs' then go out to the streets to demonstrate for the banning by name and not only by analogue act. The worried parents that don't know the first thing about the chemical they are talking about but only have fear and ignorance. That is the recipe for idiot lawmaking, and they might just be one populistic politician who uses it to his advantage to gain support. At the expense of people who find great value in taking these chemicals in an appropriate setting, people who know a LOT about it, who measure exact amounts and control the key factors called set & setting.

anon
anon

Ben Masel, the lead lobbyist for marijuana legalization in Wisconsin, has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Marijuana contains many of the same carcinogens as tobacco. Neither is safe for smoking.

BAMF
BAMF

Honestly, no kids today have a problem finding marijuana. There are shops selling it in many states. It's a plant for godssake, sweet old ladies who also may be grandmas of these kids are growing it in their orchards AS WE SPEAK. And as most drug users know, marijuana is a compliment to pretty much every recreational substance. So honestly it is a problem of disinformation and stupidity bred by our government's "war on drugs".

2Cwhat?
2Cwhat?

I hear kids are taking these drugs at Bar Fly during dubstep shows too! All the more reason to limit club entry to 21 and over!

moth
moth

an interesting theory, but there is no way that all of these kids were on MAOIs.

Doug Booker
Doug Booker

The name too stupid 2c is rediculous unless its purely in reference to these kids.. because 2c's are not stupid the chemical is one of a very powerful nature yes however it is also a very safe chemical with overdoses rarely occuring seeing as its been on the scene for over twenty years.. the question might be whether it is safe for idiots to get their hands on such a powerful thing..

Towel
Towel

There's no problem with 2C drugs when people actually do research on them. There's books dedicated to them for christ-sake. It's just a matter of stupid kids who are too stupid to READ THE LABEL and do the research. Responsible use is no more dangerous than responsible drinking.

concerned20116
concerned20116

it is NOT illegal. the police and lawyers trying to press charges DO know what they are talking about. it's frustrating for everyone. there are catch all laws that help the justice system press charges without having a specific clause every time a new drug comes out; this is not one of the drugs covered.

Kayshajacbs
Kayshajacbs

it 2c-e and would like to say i think it will change teen minds about doing drugs wouldnt you say

Dirk Johnson
Dirk Johnson

You are absolutely correct. It most likely was NOT 2c-E and the surrounding paranoia about these drugs does little good for the small group of researchers who study these substances.

These kids were using a substance unwisely, and that is what needs to be addressed in our country. You can not just make everything illegal and turn curiosity into a crime, if these substances were legal and regulated, they could have gotten clearly labeled and correctly dosed chemicals. Also, our education system around drugs like this is not helping the situation. We need well informed citizens. Not 16 year olds etc looking for a fun time and getting sick/dying - these drugs are useful for psychological and personal work.

moth
moth

you've hit the nail on the head sir.

if it was 2c-e or 2c-i these kids would not have overdosed. i would like to add that i have read reports of individuals accidentally taking in excess of 500mg of both of these substances and suffering no ill effects.

dox or perhaps 2c-t-7? i am eager to hear the lab results.

Ze Creeper
Ze Creeper

So Mr Towel How would you know all his info?

bronson
bronson

humor detector is on the fritz today, huh?

Sladesphone
Sladesphone

You are completely off base, do some research about what you are talking about before opening your mouth!

valseedian
valseedian

do some reading. Cannabis en whole and in part has anti-tumor effects. Lumping pot and tobbacco in the same group just shows an adjenda and a disregard for facts.

Dan Bensman
Dan Bensman

This is Blaine we're talking about, BAMF. These kids have trouble finding marijuana.

stop ruining shows
stop ruining shows

don't be that asshole who ruins shows for everyone. i like the music, not the drugs. quite obviously, people take drugs at all types of shows, even justin bieber to get a laugh or two. it doesn't mean that it should be 21 and over. and does being over 21 make you more responsible? my 18 year old friend is a regular user of hallucinogenic drugs of all sorts, but he's more responsible in both his use and research than most people i've met. (obviously, you can only be responsible to a certain extent, so don't get in to that argument)

Valseedian
Valseedian

mass hysteria after the first problem.

Ram Dass
Ram Dass

I'm just saying it's one of the scenarios that may have happened. The one kid that died may have been on them, started having a seizure and everyone freaked.

Bigmike
Bigmike

And quite obviously, these kids did no research whatsoever. Hopefully you can see why the government seeks to ban these drugs. For every drug user intelligent enough to do research and know enough to not kill themselves, there are 10 kids who consider snorting big lines of white powder something of a status-symbol and will not hesitate to take a risk to impress their friends. True though, illegalization of drugs and keeping people in the dark about their true effects perpetuates this cycle of ignorance. But the truth is humans as a whole are stupid and careless, and to prevent tragedy need to be protected from themselves. Does this system work, probably not if we have the "war on drugs" as an example. But it is still better than the gov sitting and doing nothing while people kill themselves.

Dima Khval
Dima Khval

No. It really wont. More drugs will be used if this is actually banned, much more dangerous substances.

Doug Booker
Doug Booker

Not to mention regulating something only leads to more and more attention being focused on these things and they are not for the common man.. these substances draw attention from a very small number of people in comparison to other drugs which are illegal.. and like alcohol prohibition everything will increase.. and these substances are far too powerful for the minds of the young ignorant souls on this earth.. not to mention the young souls that are in fact in their youth.. people just aren't ready.. thats like unleashing acid on an infant..

Gebugb99
Gebugb99

Do some research idiot its not difficult; instead of being stubborn and ignorant

Towel
Towel

It's called research. Go back to high school.

NYClubber
NYClubber

Drugs are used at all types of shows by people of all ages. If you limit the shows to 21+ it won't change anything. The 18+ people should be able to enjoy the shows too! If we are going to see real change, the government should target specific venues for drug use, label them as "drug dens" and fine them (hefty amounts) or shut them down for good. This is what they do in New York City and although it pisses a lot of people off, it does the trick!

moth
moth

"Hopefully you can see why the government seeks to ban these drugs....True though, illegalization of drugs and keeping people in the dark about their true effects perpetuates this cycle of ignorance."

i agree with your view that these drugs need to be regulated, however prohibition is not really very good solution to the problem. one of the major motivating factors in the continuing development of designer drugs is multinational prohibition. there will always be new compounds, and there will always be people willing ingest them. the effect of explicit and implicit prohibition is to force chemists to turn to more and more toxic chemical structures. if the safe psychedelics were legal and regulated, i think that the occasional death of uniformed users would be a much less frequent headline.

i don't have all the answers, but i feel like our current collective response to the issue of designer drugs, is just as responsible for these losses.

Drew
Drew

Yeah, man. This article is hilariously misinformed. My favorite? "I guess you wouldn't even call it a drug."

*shakes head*

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