NEW ORLEANS - 25-I, which mimics LSD and has dangerous side effects, was deemed illegal to posses, manufacture or distribute in Louisiana, according to a statement from state police and the Department of Health and Hospitals.
On Friday, the groups made the announcement that they were working together to fight the latest designer drug to hit the streets.
After Rep. Kevin Pearson asked the House of Representatives to craft a bill criminalizing 25-I, the Department of Health and Hospitals used executive authority to issue an emergency order declaring the drug illegal and part of the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act.
"By federal standards, 25-I is already illegal. Louisiana statutes, however, narrowly define what synthetic drugs are unlawful. It is my goal through legislation to broaden those designations so that new legislation will not be required each time a new laboratory-manufactured drug is invented," said Pearson.
Three people were hospitalized after ingesting the drug at Voodoo Fest and one man eventually died.
In these incidents, doctors said they had never seen this particular substance before, which raised concerns that it is a new and deadly hallucinogen, Pearson said.