A man is in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital after taking the potent psychedelic drug “N-bomb”.
The man, aged in his 20s, was admitted on Wednesday and was still “critical” in the intensive care unit on Saturday.
Police said there was a “real concern” about the illegal drug, after five other young adults required medical treatment in the hospital’s emergency department after taking N-bomb last week.
The 25B-NBOMe drug, known as “N-Bomb” or “synthetic LSD”, is a powerful synthetic hallucinogen. It is sold as white powder or in capsules.
A Massey University report analysing New Zealand’s drug scene noted the drug was commonly being sold as LSD, but was several times more potent and carried an overdose risk.