2C-I 'Smiles' Charges in Tampa

One of the latest synthetic drugs on the market is called 2-CI or “Smiles,” and it has captured the attention of law enforcement agencies across the country. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., the drug has been linked to the deaths of two teens in North Dakota.

2C-I targets the same 5-HT (serotonin) receptor as popular hallucinogens, including other Schedule 1 hallucinogens such as LSD, 2C-C and 2C-B. These substances come in the form of powders and liquid solutions. They are also soaked in blotter papers and laced on edible items.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), people abuse 2C-I for its hallucinogenic effects. The drug is typically taken orally by capsule or tablet form, or it can be snorted when it is in powder form.

2C-I is used by the same individuals who use club drugs, such as Ecstasy. It’s generally used by high school students and other young adults in the nightlife setting, the DEA reports.

Chemically similar to 2C-B, 2C-I is a Schedule I drug, and it is illegal to possess, manufacture, or sell the drug. The NCADD reports that the drug can cause nausea, vomiting, terrifying hallucinations and feelings of panic and fear.

2C-I: A Schedule 1 Substance in Florida

Under Sec. 893.03 of the Florida Statutes, 2C-I is a Schedule 1 substance, which means that the drug has a “high potential” for abuse and currently has no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

Under Sec. 893.13, a person may not possess, sell, manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to sell the controlled substance, 2C-I “Smiles.” If they do any of the above, they are guilty of a felony of the second degree, punishable by:

  • Up to 15 years in prison.
  • Up to a $10,000 fine.

“Smiles” or 2C-I is in a class of drugs known as phenethylamines, which are basically amphetamines. While typical amphetamines cause a “speedy” feeling, the substitutions that are made in the 2C-I create more euphoric, psychedelic effects.

Chemically, 2C-I is similar to MDMA or Ecstasy. Whoever makes the drugs does it from an illegal lab without quality control, and the drugs contain different dosages that can cause potentially dangerous side effects.

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