Deadly new synthetic drug found in Florida

SARASOTA -- There's a quiet newcomer to the streets of Sarasota, and it's deadly.

It's called NBOMe.

"It's specifically new to our area, we haven't seen it before," said Sarasota Sheriff's Office Capt. Charlie Thorpe.

NBOMe, also called 25i, is a synthetic drug – a chemical created to imitate the high of LSD. But this chemical compound is so volatile it can be deadly.

The sheriff's office was first alerted to this new drug last week when a teenager had a severe reaction and was rushed to the hospital.

Investigators hit the streets, and during the bust, deputies arrested several people and found tiny pieces of colored paper with printed pictures of the Beatles on them. Anyone who was around in the 1960s and '70s would know it as blotter, but in the case of NBOMe, the dosage application of the drug is dangerously crude.

"It's on blotter paper, looks like it's sprayed on, but the dosage is just so all over the place it's completely unpredictable what you're going to get your hands on," said Thorpe.