'No known medical use, and there is really high abuse potential'

'No known medical use, and there is really high abuse potential' »Play Video
The drug is often sold as MDMA or LSD

EUGENE, Ore. - The latest designer drug to grab the attention of youth is called 25i, a psychedelic drug similar to Ecstasy or LSD that can be snorted or taken orally.

"The designer drugs have been incredibly popular with young folks in the last 5 or 10 years," said John Johnston with Serenity Lane, a drug treatment center.

This drug concerns health officials.

"There is no known medical use," said Sheyne Benedict with Lane County Public Health, "and there is really high abuse potential."

Benedict said the synthetic drug was developed in 2003.

The Drug Enforcement Adminstration has already linked the drug to at least 19 deaths.

Recently in Oregon, two teenage girls from Sherwood overdosed on the drug.

At the University of Oregon, students told KVAL News that designer drugs seem to have become more prevalent.

Some buyers may not even know what they are getting.

"From what I understand, a lot of times it is being sold as LSD," Johnston said.

Benedict said I-5 helps make Lane County a hot spot for new drugs.

"You can see it when there is a festival in town," Johnston said. "You'll see it when there is a festival in town. You'll see young people staggering in the streets."