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Designer Drug Alert: Smiles

By Daniel Jordan
Director

Almost one month to the day when an article on bath salts appeared in this blog, another designer drug is the latest media sensation: smiles.

In this video Anderson Cooper interviewed Kirk, a well-intentioned teen who videotaped himself taking “smiles” in order to educate other kids on using it safely. This did not go over well with Mr. Cooper, nor two grieving parents brought to the show to talk about the accidental overdose of their 18-year-old son, Christian.

Mr. Cooper correctly points out that smiles and other designer drugs are not regulated so there’s no telling what you’re getting. In fact, the real danger with designer drugs is not addiction but accidental death associated with lethal purity levels or toxic adulterants.

Smiles, also known as 2C-I or 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenethylamine is a psychedelic phenethylamine. Smiles gained notoriety earlier this month due to the murder-suicide involving actor Johnny Lewis from the hit TV show, Sons of Anarchy.

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Fox News Article on Smiles (2C-I)

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