New Drug Warning: Dragonfly
A story out of Pocatello, Idaho warns about an emerging drug of abuse among teens in Idaho and Wyoming. It’s called Europa or Dragonfly and mimics LSD. The high is said to last up to twelve hours and has been seen as unmarked white or blue capsules. The capsules contain white powder.
Information on the underground site Erowid, says the drug is 4-ethyl-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine, or 2C-E for short. They mention it has been responsible for two deaths this year (one in Minnesota and two in Oklahoma).
Because the drug is a synthetic hallucinogen, it is not yet classified by the DEA or other authorities and remains legal for now. This parallels other synthetic compounds marketed as incense or bath salts and sold over the counter across the US until recently regulated.
Users describe the experience when taking the drug as milder than LSD but not as “nice” as mescaline. Synesthesia is common (visual cues causing tastes or sounds) and mild hallucinations. One hallmark of the drug is a kind of frozen introspection with long trails of seemingly important thoughts capturing the attention. Others say the trip is “flat” with little emotional content as opposed to ecstasy.
Like other hallucinogens, taking this drug leads to different reactions, depending on the circumstances, the past experience of the user and whatever expectations they may have. Orally, effects start in about an hour, while those who have snorted the drug report effects as soon as 20 minutes.
Deaths reported in Sweden and Norway from the drug seem to be dose related, but information about what constitutes a ‘safe’ dose (if such a thing exists) is unknown. Since users commonly misperceive spatial relationships, any dangerous situation (such as driving or even cycling) could lead to serious accidents. The long length of the trips is also a concern. Users wouldn’t be able to sober up or function normally for half a day – much longer than other types of hallucinogens.
photo by John Nyboer