Dangerous synthetic drug shows up on the streets in the Valley

LEWISTON, ID - Over the past several months a new drug has been showing up on the streets of the LC Valley.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio learns all about the dangers surrounding the new substance and why your kids might be within an arm's length of getting it, without you even knowing.

A synthetic drug that goes by the street names of "nbomb" "smiles" or "wiz" is gaining popularity within the region.

"It's fairly new, we've seen an influx of it here in the Valley recently," said LPD Cpl.Leavitt. "The type of behavior your seeing is violent episodes, hallucinations, someone that is seeing something that's not there, hearing voices that are not there."

Despite the drug having similar effects as "Acid" or "LSD" it is currently not listed as a controlled substance in Idaho, however the dangers are real.

"Hallucinations can become very violent, very terrorizing, especially in higher doses and it can cause the person to do things that would harm themselves," said LPD Capt. Roger Lanier. "And can also have a neurological effect, and the difference between hallucinations and overdose is just a real fine line."

At this time LPD is working close with the prosecutor to find ways to charge for this drug, but until then officers will continue to keep an eye out for irrational behavior. And will do whatever they have to in order to protect the public.

"There's different indicators that we look for," said LPD Officer Dustin Hibbard. "First of all their behavior, second of all their gestures, their speech, their eyes, different physical characteristics that kind of give it away."

Officers are not the only ones that need to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior. Officials said parents also need to be aware of what their child is doing.

"Typically the users of this are younger teenagers or younger adults," said Leavitt.

"There's been at least one case in the L-C Valley where the product has been ordered online and delivered right to their doorstep."

"If you see odd packages of powder or liquid or blotter paper squares, then there could be a problem," said Lanier.

If you have any information about this drug you can contact Corporal Jason Leavitt at (208) 746-0171.