In response to a powerful new hallucinogenic synthetic drug which has caused overdoses and fatalities in youth, Senate Bill 3275 would add “25I-NBOMe,” “25B-NBOMe” and “25C-NBOMe” to the list of Schedule One controlled substances.
Senate Bill 3275 was signed into law August 18 by Governor Pat Quinn.
The drugs have been marketed as an LSD substitute as they target the same serotonin receptor as many other hallucinogens including LSD. Small amounts can cause seizures, cardiac and respiratory arrest, and death. According to the DEA, reports from medical examiners link at least 19 deaths of people ages 15-29 years in the U.S. between March 2012 and August 2013.
House Bill 5526 prohibits a person younger than 18 from knowingly possessing kratom or using a fake ID to attempt to obtain a product containing kratom. Kratom comes from the leaves of a tree native to Southeast Asia and has been sold for medicinal purposes; however, teens are showing up in emergency rooms after using it to get high.
Another measure, House Bill 4093, clarifies state law by adding an aggravating factor to methamphetamine manufacture if it occurs within 1,000 feet of school property, rather than simply 1,000 feet from a school building.
House Bills 5526 and 4093 were also signed into law August 18 by Governor Quinn.