Words by Tanya Bonnie Rae
The Chapel St nightclub Revolver has issued a warning against hallucinogen 25C-NBOMe – a potentially lethal synthetic drug that has been making the rounds in Melbourne’s CBD.
The substance was found by Ralf Heim at the Free University of Berlin in 2003 and is a derivative of the phenethylamine psychedelic 2C-C. Before being sold as a designer drug online in 2010, the psychedelic had no history of human use and can be fatal at heavy doses (as low as 4mg). It’s highly unpredictable effects and sensitive responses to dosage make it difficult to safely administer. 25C-NBOMe has since been associated with many deaths and hospitalisations – with at least four deaths in Melbourne early this year.
Last Sunday Revolver took to Facebook with a statement:
“We have further anecdotal information that the drug 25C-NBOMe that killed four people and hospitalised 20 in January is circulating in Melbourne this weekend. This drug is often sold as something else and lethal even in small doses, particularly if snorted. PLEASE do not put unknown substances in your system. It isn’t worth the risk.”
The club’s management have stated that anyone found with the drug would face a lifetime ban, and Victorian police have now confirmed the hospitalisations were from King St and Little Bourke St, near Cloud Nine nightclub.