Police in South Australia have expressed concern over a new hallucinogenic drug. The media have been referring to it as “Super-LSD” and according to them the effects last “three times longer” than LSD.
The drug goes by the chemical name 2,5-Dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI) but Detective Inspector John de Candia says that it might be referred to on the street as “wangers” or “doctor eye”. He also states that users “may not get an effect from this drug for about 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 hours”. DOI was first synthesised by the American pharmacologist Alexander Shulgin and in his logbook he details the effects of the drug under different doses. When the dosage was 1.6mg he describes the experience as “depressing”, a dosage of 3.0mg was “clean psychedelic” and with a dosage of 3.5mg there were “moments of light-headedness where one could move sideways with reality”. However he makes no references to the hallucinogenic powers lasting into the second or third day, nor did Shulgin mention that the drug could take up to eight hours to take effect.
Australians, some of whom are frequent recreational drug users, have been commenting on blogs and forums that the information being given by the police and media is exaggerated and false. One blogger was concerned that the police referring to DOI as “Super-LSD” would only entice novices to try it, “it’s like waving a red flag at a bull”.
Police in Western Australia made a similar announcement last month warning that Paramethoxy-amphetamine (PMA), a drug that causes the body to overheat and has been linked to deaths in the pasts, was been sold as ecstasy. Even though the effects of DOI can be unpredictable there have not been any confirmed deaths due to the drugs consumption.