Critically-ill 'N-Bomb' taker stable

  • 16/10/2015

A young Christchurch man who nearly died after taking 25B-NBOMe, also known as N-Bomb or synthetic LSD, is recovering and two arrests have been made by police.

Michael, 20, experienced organ failure and was critically ill after taking the powerful synthetic hallucinogen linked to deaths in Australia and Asia.

He was one of six people admitted to Christchurch Hospital last week after suffering adverse reactions to the drug.

"We turned the corner on Wednesday afternoon when Michael was brought out of the induced coma. He is now stable and being treated on a specialist ward," the family say in a statement released by police on Friday.

His father Murray has said he had no idea his son was skipping university to take a deadly party drug and "I didn't even know this stuff existed before last week".

The family is thanking Christchurch Hospital and says "we don't want any other families to go through what we're going through and urge them to seek help if they suspect someone they care about is taking drugs".

Two men have been arrested after police searched a house in Kainga near Christchurch this morning in connection with the ongoing investigation.

A 19-year-old local man has been charged with selling a psychoactive substance and will appear in Christchurch District Court on Friday afternoon, Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Stewart says.

A 54-year-old man has been charged with cultivating cannabis and has been bailed to appear in Christchurch District Court on October 23.

Ten cannabis plants were seized.