Concern Grows Over Synthetic Drug 2-C

Created: 03/12/2014 6:26 PM
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- At Rochester's Adult and Teen Challenge resource center, Brad Watson shared his experience about a drug that's starting to become more commonplace among the young in Rochester.

"Trees would start to vibrate, the carpet would form waves," he said.

Brad Watson is describing the effects of a drug commonly known as 2-C, as mentioned on a Facebook statement and public notification letter from Mankato's Department of Public Safety.  
"The Department of Public Safety responded to two recent deaths in the last week," said Dan Schisel, Public Safety Commander.

On March 5th, a 22-year-old male was found unresponsive and  later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Three days later, a 17-year-old female had a seizure and also died at a nearby hospital. The one thing that connected both deaths was a 2 inch blue bag, printed with gold crowns. This type of bag was found at both locations by authorities.

"We believed it either contained a pill or a powder substance, which we haven't positively identified yet," said Schisel.

Mankato police speculate that it was the 2-C drug. Minnesota Teen and Adult Challenge leaders, in Rochester, have especially heard about the drug recently.

"You can't stay on top of it because there's new drugs that are evolving everyday," said director Tom Truszinski.

2-C is known to produce similar effects to L-S-D, another drug commonly known among the young.

"A lot of the time, it's sold as acid, especially when you can find it on a blotter or from powder," said Watson.

Mankato officials urge anyone who may know about this substance or packaging to immediately contact police. Residents can also use a drop box at the Blue Earth County Justice Center or at the Mankato Public Safety Center.