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Jun 4, 2015 5:01 PM

NH1 News Investigates Hallucinogenic High: Drug DMT popping up in NH


MANCHESTER - An ancient drug has made its way to the Granite State and manufactures are now mixing it with household products.

That mixture could not only be dangerous, but deadly.

Experts say the problem is skyrocketing here in New Hampshire and it's this hallucinogenic high that users can't get enough of.

It's called D-M-T, or N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT or N,N-DMT) and it's a psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family.

More and more people are using it than ever before.

It's more than doubled since experts started tracking it back in 2008.

And get this.

The person getting high on it could be sitting next to you right now.

Many times, a person can't even tell the user is high.

Most of those users, according to studies, are young teen boys.

On the busy streets of Manchester, many people haven't even heard of it.

At least not yet.

We asked people and most of them had no idea what D-MT even was.

Even though it's been around the country for the last few years, late last month police were called to a Lake Avenue apartment building in the Queen City.

Federal, state, and local police evacuated the building for a so-called D-M-T lab.

Police took at least one man into custody and several others taken to the hospital for possible exposure to the drug.

Melissa Fernald, a drug and alcohol counselor out of Wolfeboro says, a major concern is authorities don't know what manufacturers of the drug are cutting it with..

"It's very dangerous," Fernald says.

The drug is similar to LSD and is a synthetic hallucinogenic.

It can be mixed with household products and dried into a powdery substance and is known for causing blackouts.

On the street, it's known as Fantasia or a businessman's trip.

The reason?

Users can often get a quick high and then head right back to work or whatever they were doing.

Users smoke it, vaporize it, or use it intravenously.

"I started off seeing shapes, and then there were cats, and then I fell out of space and ended up at the Last Supper in Heaven?" says Dr. Michele Ross, a psychedelics advocate.

It might be a good high but when people make it, once again the problem is one wrong move and it could cause an explosion.

When asked if it's on the radar of police, officials, or law enforcement, Fernald says, "It should be." Adding that she's fearful she'll see more of it hit the streets.

There's more information on Fernald's organization, Safe Surroundings, on its website.


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