New Drug Warning: Dragonfly

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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

Article is Confused. The

Article is Confused. The information in this article is confused. "Dragonfly" is not 2C-E. They are different drugs with different durations. Deaths in Oklahoma were associated with 2C-E that was, at first, believed to be yet a third substance nicknamed "Bromo-Dragonfly". This is likely where the confusion came in. For more information about these chemicals, see Erowid's information pages:

2C-E:
http://erowid.org/chemicals/2ce/2ce.shtml

Bromo-Dragonfly:
http://erowid.org/chemicals/bromo_dragonfly/bromo_dragonfly.shtml

This is quite possible.

This is quite possible. Naming conventions for drug substances are often confused and vary in different user communities. Here are two links that refer to 2-CE (or 2C-E) as Europa and Dragonfly:
http://www.localnews8.com/news/29304943/detail.html
http://thebannockalternative.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/dragonfly-is-the-l...
Neither of those links is authoritative.

The DEA only refers to it by the chemical name, and here is a mention from back in April 2007: http://www.justice.gov/dea/programs/forensicsci/microgram/mg0407/mg0407.... (second notice from top).

With any luck, the drug will not gain enough in popularity to require raising the name to "brand" status. For now, news reports do not seem to be making the distinction that you correctly pointed out.

I would be very interested to know if the drug (either type) is catching on in the user community and the level of sophistication among those abusing it.

Bill Morrison
wmorrison.elance.com

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