There was spice, then bath salts and now we have “dragonfly.” The latest in a trend of legal designer drugs has come to town and the Pocatello Police Department has already seen it crop up in the hands of local teens.
The drug was invented decades ago by Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, who gained fame for popularizing ecstasy and dozens of other laboratory-made pills. Officially known as 2C-E, and also known as “europa,” the drug garnered national attention after killing 19 people ages 16-21, and hospitalizing many more, in a Minneapolis suburb back in March.
Despite it’s path of damage, the drug remains legal. In fact, Shulgin originally developed it under a DEA-sanctioned license. The task of making drugs illegal, however, isn’t exactly instantaneous, as we’ve seen with both spice and bath salts.
According to the PPD, dragonfly causes a high similar to LSD or mescaline that can last up to 12 hours. Sgt. Mo Canfield said they several local teens have received medical attention for overdosing on the drug, including at least one who was hospitalized in the intensive care unit.
Canfield said the PPD is still trying to learn about dragonfly. They just learned about its existence this past Thursday, and now they’re trying to get the message of the dangers out to schools and parents as quickly as possible.
The police are releasing more information later today and are asking anyone with any information about 2C-E/dragonfly/europa to call Officer Peck or Sgt. Canfield at 234.6120.