Old illegal drug making a comeback
They smoke, sniff or shoot it. "I've had friends who done it," said IU student David Parsons.
The drug, Dimethyltryptamine or DMT.
"I've never done it myself," Parsons said." "My friend described it. He's literally watched his whole body shatter like glass."
"Primarily it's hallucinogenic if you get enough of it," says Dr. Brent Furbee with Indiana poison Center at IU Health Methodist hospital.
That IU student, David said of his friend "he would talk to aliens basically."
It turns out David's neighbor just a floor away was allegedly making the illegal DMT right in his apartment building.
"I had no idea it was going on up there but I'm not surprised now," says Parsons.
Police arrested 20-year-old Bogdan Jevtic Monday night for allegedly making and selling the stuff.
One of his neighbors Cory Steininger said "it's just messed up. He's living two floors above us. We know the other girl who lives there she's a nice girl she was pretty shocked by it all too."
DMT can actually be made with tree bark and plant material. Some of its chemicals are actually in our brains and may contribute to the kind of dreams we have.
But taken as a designer drug Dr. Furbee with the Indiana poison Center said "it's unsafe particularly in the sense it makes you wacky. And when you are wacky you wind up doing things that get you hurt. If you crank up how much you are taking then you can start getting symptoms.
Even heart and kidney problems, panic attacks and death in some cases where the person's health is already compromised or it's mixed with other drugs.
An online documentary is making the old drug, once used in ceremonies, known to a new generation. "It's supposed to be one of those new things," a student told us. One of those things we will be hearing more about.
"I'm not surprised," said student David Parsons. "You can pretty much get anything on this campus."