Police issue drug alert following student death

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State College police Monday issued an alert about psychedelic drugs including LSD “acid, 2CI, or other synthetic drugs.”

They did so after initial investigation indicated that over the last few days the drugs may have been responsible for the accidental death of a Penn State University student and treatment of six other individuals for suspected overdoses.

The department said it wanted to remind residents and students of the dangers of those substances.

They apparently were being distributed as “acid,” though the exact synthetic compound of the drug has not yet been identified, police said. “These drugs are usually taken by ingesting small tabs of paper (frequently placed under the tongue) which have been soaked in the liquid form of the drug then dried,” the department’s safety alert said.

Investigation by borough officers indicates the drugs used in the recent incidents “have been placed on small white rectangular tabs of paper which is then ingested orally,” the safety alert said.

On Saturday, 20-year-old Penn State student Conor Macmannis, from Stafford, Va., died after falling from a ninth-floor apartment complex balcony on Beaver Avenue.

Police on Saturday said they believed drugs or alcohol may have contributed to his accident, but Monday’s safety alert from borough police did not refer specifically to the fall or mention Mr. MacMannis. The coroner ruled the death an accident Saturday and said toxicology tests are pending.


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