THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Several young people in Montgomery County have overdosed on a drug known as N-bomb. It’s a synthetic drug, similar to LSD, and it’s growing in popularity.
This is the same drug that recently killed a high school student from Dallas. The people who gave it to him are all now facing federal drug charges.
Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputies are hoping for the same charges locally, but they have to find the source first.
They look like brightly colored squares. They're made to mimic LSD, giving a hallucinogenic high.
“But the results of it can be very different. It’s very dangerous,” said Lt. Brady Fitzgerald, of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Because it’s totally synthetic, there’s no telling what’s really going into the drug, known as N-bomb, or drug 251.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies say they’re seeing their first big spike in this stuff popping up over the past month.
“And it’s resulted in at least five people that we know of overdosing on the drug itself,” said Lt. Fitzgerald.
They were all young, high school to college-aged, and all in the southern part of the county. None of them died, but one fell into a coma. More common reactions are a high fever or seizures.
“Very scary, terrifying, and the fact that I’ve never heard of it,” said one parent from The Woodlands, Jenni Tudor.
Word of the overdoses has spread with some teenagers we spoke to in The Woodlands. One told us, “It’s just kinda scary to think that some of these kids are endangering themselves with these drugs.”
Now before the impact spreads any more, investigators want to find out where it’s coming from.
“That’s what they’re concentrating on now is finding the source of who’s actually putting this drug out,” said Lt. Fitzgerald.
But synthetic drugs like N-bomb are hard to regulate because manufacturers can tweak the compounds to stay ahead of the law.
Texas lawmakers are still working on legislation to address that and permanently ban n-bomb state-wide. Parents we talked to say it's time to push for that change.
“I think we as parents, and residents, in this county need to take it forward,” said Tudor.
Giving police the tools to keep their kids safe.
The Texas Department of State Health Services added a temporary ban on N-bomb in February. But until state lawmakers make a permanent change, deputies in Montgomery County said they would call in federal agents to make an arrest.