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Student warns of new pschedelic drug "DOC"

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Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 01:02


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A psychedelic hallucination from an uncommon drug has one Sam Houston State University student speaking out about their experience and the damage that it caused.


Very little is known about the drug Dimethoxychloroamphetamine or “DOC”, which was first reported by the DEA in late 2005.


The drug is classified as a psychedelic drug, which causes increased awareness, euphoria and heightened senses. It can be compared to Lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD and can last up to two days.


These are some of the same effects that the student experienced, as well as a magnification of their conscious thoughts.


“I was in my dorm room and began to have hallucinations that magnified my worries and concerns about college, my life and the company I chose to keep. The drug combined thoughts I had about my friends and other people in my life that resulted in a horrific psychic experience that combined my conscious thoughts with what was going on around me at the time,” the student said in an anonymous letter to the Houstonian.


This “bad trip” ended in a hospital bed as IVs pumped a detox through the student’s body. The student said that if it hadn’t been for the University Police Department, Huntsville hospital staff, roommate and their residence advisor the drug might have claimed their life.


Dean of Students John Yarabeck contacted the Houstonian in hopes that he along with the student could get a message out to other students about the dangers of this drug.


“This drug seems to be very unstable and can cause seriously bad trips as can be seen in his account of his experience. Anything you guys can do to discourage students from trying this or any other illegal drugs will be much appreciated,” said Yarabeck in an e-mail to the Houstonian.


The student wanted to share their experience so that others could be informed on the dangers of DOC.


“If this letter can stop even one student from taking “DOC”, a drug that very little is known about in the first place, I’ll have done my job. I don’t think anyone should suffer the consequences of taking “DOC”, whether that’s hospitalization, arrest or (worst case scenario) death. Take the time to think about why you’re at college in the first place: to get an education and a degree so you don’t have to wander aimlessly through life. Study hard, make good friends and don’t take “DOC”, it will only bring negativity and harsh consequences to your life like it did me,” said the student.

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Thu Mar 21 2013 23:29
Actually, NORML Kats will be hosting a speaker from LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, on April 17. Former senior prison warden Dr. Richard Watkins will be coming to campus to give a firsthand account on how the War on Drugs has been more harmful to society than the drugs themselves, for even more reasons than I mentioned here. That could help balance out the bias in this article a little bit.
Thu Mar 21 2013 23:23
I would also like to add, as an addition to the first commentator's post, that a "bad trip" can't kill you; only your actions during the bad trip and an overdose can do that, and the former variable can be eliminated with a "sober sitter."
Thu Mar 21 2013 23:15
I had some of this about 2 and a half years ago now, though it was sold to me as LSD. I tripped in a calm, familiar environment, around people I trusted, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I made sure I was in a comfortable set and setting, as any responsible hallucinogen user would. Either he wasn't smart enough to research the responsible use of hallucinogens before taking one, or he took too much--something that could've been prevented if drugs were legally regulated, rather than banished to the black market. In fact, if drugs were legalized and regulated, I would've known exactly what I was putting in my body, as opposed to the situation that occurred in which I had to trust the drug dealer (which, obviously, is not the best option). In addition to all of this, I would like to add that, as a junior at this school, I have a 3.7 GPA. I'm not some druggie idiot out to drain society; I work hard and play hard.

It's time to reconsider the War on Drugs. Regulate and educate.

Thu Mar 21 2013 11:15
So, this students felt "increased awareness, euphoria and heightened senses" and combined conscious thought with everything that was going on around her, and this is a bad thing?

Also, is there any evidence that this student was in any danger of death? Sounds very speculative to me.

Furthermore, does one naive and uneducated student's experience with the drug negate many other people's positive experience? Just look at and look at other people's reports of the drug's effects and you'll get an entirely different perspective.

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