2C-E or “Europa”
A recent Friday night party of young people in Konawa, Oklahoma turned deadly because of a little known drug: 2C-E. Sometimes known as “Europa,” 2C-E is a drug that both young people and their parents need to be aware of and to avoid at all costs. It is dangerous beyond belief as the young people at the Konawa party discovered. Amazingly, this drug is available for purchase on the Internet as a so-called “research chemical”. Although it is labeled “not intended for human consumption” it’s clear the warning is ignored by those who use the internet as their street corner drug supplier. The Oklahomans at the Konawa party bought their drug on the internet.
2C-E can come as colorless oil, clear gelatin capsules containing coarse white powder, fine white powder, grayish powder, or white crystalline powder. Abusers typically ingest the drug orally in capsule form or inhale a line of powder. The young people in Konawa reportedly mixed their 2C-E with water but misunderstood the potency and the amount they ingested.
Effects of 2C-E
The effects of 2C-E is similar to LSD or club drugs, such as MDMA (ecstasy); some say 2C-E combines the effects of LSD and psychedelic mushrooms, including vivid hallucinations. But 2C-E is extremely dangerous, as the party goers in Konawa found out.
This drug can be very intense and can cause users to become extremely sick, unconscious or violent. 2C-E has a long shelf life and effects typically last from 6 to 10 hours. According to CBS News, part of the reason 2C-E is so dangerous is because it’s part of a class of drugs known as hallucinogens that have psychedelic works as a central nervous system stimulant causing breathing, heart and kidney problems and dangerous rise in body temperature problems,
According to CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton, “Two important principles with this class of drug and this one in particular, it has a slow onset of action so you can take this drug, not feel any of its effects right away, and then stack it with other drugs, increasing the risk of overdose or take more of it. The other concerning principle with this drug is that it has a long half-life, as we say. So it can stay in your system for 12 hours.
The story out of Konawa is a sad one and should have all Oklahomans loudly declaring “2C-E is not for me!
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Meth is one of the most abused drugs in Oklahoma. For more information about this highly addictive drug go to the website of FATE’s alliance partner, Partnership for drugfree.org by clicking here.
Inhalants are highly dangerous substances that are “huffed” or breathed, often by young people as early as elementary school or middle school. They tend to be easy to access and, therefore, easier for younger Oklahomans to use. If you are using inhalants or know someone who is, you should read the information available through our alliance partner, Partnership at drugfree.org by clicking here.