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Loudoun Co. officials warn of new LSD-like drug after teens hospitalized

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ASHBURN, Va. -

There is a growing popularity of a dangerous new drug in Loudoun County. Police call it 25i, but it is more commonly referred to as “LSD," "smiles" or "N-bomb."

The drug has been linked to several medical emergencies recently.

The new drug mimics the appearance of LSD and officials are reaching out to parents at schools in the county trying to get a handle on it before it becomes more widespread.

Last Monday, three teenage girls from Lansdowne were treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital after ingesting the new LSD-like drug.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says 25i is found soaked on small squares of blotter paper and ingested under tongue or in the cheek. It can also be injected.

Authorities are concerned to see it surface in our area.

“The hallucinogen potentially [can make a person] psychedelic,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “It affects different people in different ways, but certainly it can create extreme paranoia, it can create violent outbursts.”

Sarah Livingston is an administrator at the Douglass School in Leesburg and said she spoke with students after receiving an alert about the drug.

“They're saying it is out there, they've thought about trying it, they’ve thought about what they're going to do in that situation,” she said. “The advice I can give parents is just to know you’re your children’s friends are, know where they are and talk to them about the issues. Have you been approached? Has someone asked you to try LSD? Don't be afraid to talk to them about it.”

No charges have been filed in the case of the three girls from Lansdowne who were hospitalized.

Police are focusing on the supply and where the drug is coming in from. School administrators are also trying to learn the slang so they can be on the lookout for the drug.

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