Based on findings by the Drug Enforcement Administration's Deputy Administrator Thomas Harrigan, three more synthetic drugs have been added to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) effectively making them Schedule 1 illegal drugs for the next two years.
The synthetic phenethylamines 25I-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe, and 25B-NBOMe are the drugs in question that are officially listed on the CSA and are being examined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the next two years in order to determine if the compounds have any medicinal legitimacy, and to ultimately decide if they should be made illegal on a permanent basis.
DEA Deputy Administrator Thomas Harrigan feels it was necessary to place said compounds on the CSA to avoid any looming risks they could pose to the safety of the public. The Food and Drug Administration hasn't sanctioned these particular synthetic drugs for human consumption, not to mention they haven't been approved for any medical uses.
To date, no published studies are in existence regarding the NBOMe compound's safety for human use. It just so happens that the studies that have been conducted on these substances have found that they are substantially more potent than other hallucinogenic compounds, and the study's data suggest that extremely small amounts of these drugs can cause seizures, cardiac and respiratory arrest, and even death.
The NBOMe compounds have been linked to the deaths of at least 19 Americans aged 15 to 29 between March of 2012 and August of 2013. The inconsistency of manufacturing and packaging processes coupled with drastically differing dosage amounts and the fact that most of these types of drugs when sold to the public contain unknown adulterants, means the consumer is seriously jeopardizing their health just to achieve a marijuana-like high.
Back on October 10 of this year, the Drug Enforcement Administration published a Notice of Intent to list the above mentioned synthetic compounds on the Controlled Substances Act with the objective of giving the fabricators, sellers, and other possessors of these synthetic menaces to society a month to purge themselves of their current stocks and to terminate the production or procurement of more supply.