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New Drug Debuts On Local College Campus

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It's the first of its kind on the Knox college campus according to college police.  They say officers were alerted about a student who had ingested the drug and was a psychotic episode and needing help.  After investigating, campus police decided to inform the entire community through a drug alert.

"We wanted to make sure the information was out there and so again, if a person had for some fashion received the drug, they would know not to consume it," said Knox College Campus Safety Director, John Schlaf. "It was important to get the product in our hands  so that we could ensure number one it wasn't consumed and number two to try and determine for sure what it was."

Some of the students responded immediately by handing over the rest of the drug paraphernalia used by the hospitalized student. Galesburg Police chief David Christensen  says the drug is called 25-I.  It's a synthetic drug that mimics the effects of LSD while leaving its user in distress and experiencing hallucinations. Christensen says it's a the first for this drug being in the area.

"This is really the first many of us have heard of this substance being here in Galesburg," said Galesburg Police Chief David Christensen.

Some students say they are not surprised to hear about this.

"Drug use happens in Chicago, New York, Cincinnati..everywhere. It shouldn't be a big deal that it happens here on Knox college campus," said student Patrick Ford.

"This is college and I wouldn't expect anything other than that, but I'm glad the college is taking steps towards this problem," said student Jason Dishan.