New drug suspected in teen's overdose

Police suspect MV student took too much of synthetic hallucinogen DOC

Local authorities suspect a relatively new drug to be responsible for the apparent overdose of a high school student from Mountain View who was found unresponsive on Steven's Creek Trail on Tuesday, March 11.

It is believed that the student -- who is alive and was transported to a local hospital for treatment -- had taken a drug called "DOC," a combination of hallucinogenic and amphetamine chemicals, which users may take in order to feel highly energetic and experience visual hallucinations, police said. The drug is associated with plenty of dangerous side effects.

"It has very long-lasting effects and is extremely dangerous," a police department press release warned. "Signs and symptoms vary depending on the individual, however, if you suspect they have ingested DOC immediately call 9-1-1."

According to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department, DOC is chemically similar to several other illegal synthetic drugs. However, beyond knowing some of the drug's effects, Jaeger said the police department still has a lot to learn about DOC.

"We're still learning about this," Jaeger said. "It's still pretty new."

A search of the online drug database and DEA documents, suggests that the drug is similar to a whole class of stimulant/hallucinogens, known as "hallucinogenic phenethylamines."

According to the DEA, these drugs are relatively new and obscure, and as such "forensic toxicology laboratories, crime laboratories and medical examiner's laboratories do not routinely test" for them.

Considering how little is known about the drug, Mountain View police Chief Scott Vermeer and Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, sent out a letter encouraging local parents to "maintain an open dialogue about the very real dangers of drug use, abuse and experimentation."

The letter urged parents to "ask questions and stay informed."

For more information on the drug, click this link to an extensive report from the DEA, which discusses DOC and its various other analogs.


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Posted by Notgivingoutmyname
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Mar 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Kids are overdosing on dangerous legal substance?
At least they a not trying marijuana god forbid, someone might get hungry

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Posted by PeaceLove
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

DOC isn't all that new but it is uncommon.

Concerned parents may want to consult the relevant page at Erowid, which is the most authoritative source on street chemicals.

Web Link

The chemist Alexander Shulgin worked with it and wrote about it in his book PIHKAL:
Web Link

DOC is relatively unknown and apparently quite potent but is not likely to be fatal. It is more closely related to MDMA but -- as is always the case with street drugs -- we will probably never know whether the drug was in fact DOC or some other unknown, potentially more dangerous chemical.

I hope the kid is okay.

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Posted by Blind Drunks
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

One incident. Its intriguing because of the drug, but very uncommon and highly unlikely this will explode into some epidemic of use.

Interestingly, though, our society including parents have a very cavalier attitude when it comes to alcohol. One of the bigger money makers at the local grammar school's auctions is wine. We joke about "Oh I need a margarita" or "I just want to slip into a nice cabernet."
Meanwhile the stories come out every year: death while driving drunk, death by doing something stupid:falling off a cliff, freezing to death in Tahoe, or simply death by drinking too much of the stuff.

When our cavalier attitudes towards the MAIN KILLER OF TEENS changes, I guess we should start to worry about lesser threats like this DOC thing.

Remember, alcohol is a toxic Poison that will EASILY kill you if you drink too much of just drink a little and tell you're kids its the way to go too. Makes total sense if you've been drinking.

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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm

"At least they a not trying marijuana god forbid, someone might get hungry "

Because weed is so hard to get compared to this drug. If he wanted weed--which he's probably already tried--he'd smoke that.

Sarcasm isn't funny when it's such a lame attempt

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Posted by incognito
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 13, 2014 at 9:51 am

@Blind Drunks,

You should really do your homework before blasting other people. Wine is often served and auctioned off at school and other community group fundraisers (not to mention business, family, etc related events) and no one is "cavalier" about it. I've attended a wine tasting event that was an auction item, it was a dinner at a tennis club and no one got drunk, no one froze, no one drove off a cliff. Of course alcohol is a factor in about half of all murders, suicided, and motor vehicle incidents. That doesn't mean that school parents are out of control drunks, there is such a thing as moderate social drinking you know.

Your comment is inaccurate rambling. I hate blanket accusations directed at entire groups of people. If you have something constructive to add to a conversation about a drug that few have heard of that caused a problem for a young person in our community, please, let's hear constructive comments.

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Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Mar 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Maher is a registered user.

I never was attracted to using drugs to avoid contact with life... never made any sense to me. Life is fun and tough and so?

"Playing with drugs" and expecting to walk away on your terms with no harm done seems to me the equivalent of sticking your hand in a burning furnace and expecting not to get burned. Just stupid.

"In vino veritas" is an hilarious delusion except for the terrible consequences it causes.

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Posted by Blind Drunks
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

incognito. I differ with your opinion. Your anger is telling though. I've seen the signs before. Be careful with that precious alcohol, I forgot to mention it clouds perception, can creates argumentative short tempered people(hmm)and is very addictive. It truly is a hideous substance...the social woes will never make it worthwhile IMO, but some can look past the death and horrors it causes every single day. Just as long as I can wear my "Life is a cabernet" t-shirt and zhrink mah winey wine wine.

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Posted by Doc
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Sounds similar to LSD and mushrooms mixed together.

Kids will be kids and things that are illegal or make you feel good, they are interested in. Usually not knowing the consequences. Some kids need to try things before they realize the consequences. Others learn from others mistakes. Which one are you or were you?

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 16, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Trichlorylethylene is the hottest drug in Mountain View.

You're soaking in it.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 17, 2014 at 12:06 am

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Posted by Linda J
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 17, 2014 at 1:57 am


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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 17, 2014 at 2:03 am

LOL, I must be hitting a nerve. I've got a homophobic impostor.

Mountain View is Cancer Alley.

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