Warning about new drug “DOC” after teen overdoses
A warning letter to Mountain View High School parents said it’s believed the substance is a synthetic drug known as “DOC” (2,5-Dimethoxy-ChloroAmphetamine), which is similar to LSD and combines hallucinogenic and amphetamine chemicals.
The drug has been around since the early 1990s but may be relatively new on the high school scene.
Police say DOC is unpredictable and potentially lethal. “Manufactured drugs are particularly dangerous because the effects aren’t known,” Mountain View Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger. “It’s putting an unknown substance in your body, and it could be the last time you put anything in your body.”
Students said the teenager who overdosed was a 16-year-old sophomore and not the type of person they thought would do drugs. “I didn’t know who it was at first when they announced it,” said Canaan’s son, Aaron, a sophomore. “But friends later said it was him, and I was like … I couldn’t believe it.”
Students also said they now know more than they did before about DOC, but it was already known as an available drug. Investigators said they were trying to determine how the student got hold of the drug and what distribution network there may be. Police were also police are working with the school to put together a forum to tell parents about the threat.
If you are worried about your teen and substance abuse you can contact Adolescent Counseling Services’ Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program for an assessment. Call 650.424.0852 ext 104 or email Outpatient Counseling Director, Connie Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively if you have questions or are interested in education about substance abuse we invite you to attend our bi-monthly Substance Abuse Workshop, next one is Wednesday, March 19th at 8:30 am at 1717 Embarcadero Rd, Ste 4000, Palo Alto. To learn more go here.