Designer Drug Could Have Deadly Results


UPDATED: Tuesday October 9, 2012 5:30 PM

A new designer drug that is spreading to different parts of the country and promises a potent high can have deadly results.

The drug, called Smiles, looks like powdered sugar and is considered the new "acid," according to drug experts.
 
Addiction recovery expert Harris Stratyner said that the drug is linked to several teenagers' deaths across the country.

"It's a very, very dangerous drug that's being marketed through the Internet to very young teenagers, 12, 13, 14, 14," Stratyner said.

Straytner said that the synthetic drug is made out of chemicals similar to bath salts and is appealing to young people, even the way it is ingested.

"They mix it in white powder form with chocolate or another confection, and they eat it like candy," Straytner said.

Smiles began as a popular fix on the west coast and is now making its way to other major cities across the country.

Undercover officers who raid shops looking for illegal synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts told CrimeTracker 10 that Smiles has been found in Ohio.

Lab tests from local raids have not uncovered anything related to the drug, though.

Amanda Curtis, 15, said that she has heard about the drug.

"I think I've actually heard the name before, but I've never actually seen it, and I don't know anything about it," Curtis said.

According to Stratyner, the drug is especially dangerous, because it takes a while to work into the system, and teenagers take more and more before it takes effect. The amount taken could lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Experts said that it is key for parents to recognize some of the signs of the new Smiles drug. Symptoms include heavy sweating, thirst, talking fast or gibberish and making no sense.

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