Saturday, May 18 2013 9:58 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:58:17 GMT
JEFF AMYAssociated PressLouisiana's unemployment rate rose in April for the fourth straight month, as fewer people reported having work. While the labor force was basically flat, according to the federalMore >>
Louisiana's unemployment rate rose in April for the fourth straight month, as fewer people reported having work.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital has banned a new deadly synthetic drug that has hit the streets of Baton Rouge.
"The chemical makeup of 25i is highly potent, very toxic and any dose can be dangerous to health," said DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein.
dangerous chemical makeup is what made it easy for state officials to decide to
ban 25-i also known as 'Smiles' or
'N-Bomb'. The drug 25-I, proper name
(25I NBOMe) -- has been added to the list of Schedule I drugs.
"Effective immediately the possession, manufacturing or distribution of this drug will carry penalties similar to that of heroine," said Greenstein."Which could mean up to 30 years in prison."
at the state police crime lab say the health risks alone should scare people. The drug, which officials think comes into
the country in a powdered form, can cause hallucinations, seizures
and even death.
"It has such a low dosage amount on the blotter paper that they receive the high
that they are looking for. But then when they consume it nasally or orally is
when we have the fatalities because it's
so concentrated," said Rebecca Nugent, drug section supervisor at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
Officials are blaming 25-i for five deaths in
the U.S. this year including an Arkansas man, visiting New Orleans during last month's Voodoo Music Festival.
think our generation does need to realize that we're not invincible, and we
don't really need to try all these different things just to get a high," said LSU student Chelsi Ciccone.
Most students we spoke to at LSU said
they've never even heard of the drug, but they are glad to see state officials staying on top of things.
"I think it's hard to be proactive when stuff comes out all the time,
but I think they're doing a good job I guess," said LSU student Tesalon Felicien.
So far, Louisiana and Virginia are the only states to have formally banned to the drug.
If you have any questions about this or any illicit drug substance, and especially if someone you know has been exposed to this or any drug, please call the Louisiana Poison Center at 800-222-1222. The clinical and medical toxicologists at the Poison Center can assist.
Sunday, May 19 2013 1:11 AM EDT2013-05-19 05:11:43 GMT
(NASA/CNN) - NASA scientists recorded a powerful explosion on the moon recently. A meteoroid struck the lunar surface at speeds of 56,000 mph on March 17. The impact was so powerful the flash of brightMore >>
A meteoroid struck the lunar surface at speeds of 56,000 mph on March 17.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-14 16:47:12 GMT
HOUSTON (KHOU/CBS) – Neighbors near a prostitution sting said customers came so often they affected the flow of traffic. Two juveniles were among the female sex workers, and more than 100 other peopleMore >>
Vice officers made dozens of arrests in the last two weeks during an operation they called the Bissonet Initiative, named for the street the sting took place.More >>