CHICAGO – A recently signed law adds three deadly chemicals to the list of Schedule I narcotics in Illinois.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) co-sponsored the measure to criminalize 25I-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe and 25B-NBOMe. All are synthetic hallucinogens – similar to LSD – that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has linked to at least 19 deaths between March 2012 and August 2013.

“These drugs are extremely dangerous to the health of their users and to the welfare of our communities. By making these illegal we can begin solving the problems tied to them and protect our families,” Cullerton, a co-sponsor of the law, said.

The DEA claims that extremely small amounts of the most common of the three drugs – 25I – can cause seizures, cardiac and respiratory arrest leading to death.

The penalties associated with these newly outlawed drugs are the similar to LSD: possession of the drugs would be a Class 4 felony, with fines up to $25,000. The manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver would be a Class 3 felony, with fines up to $150,000.

The law, Senate Bill 3275, takes effect Jan.1.

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