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- Posted on Nov 2nd 2012 1:34PM by Cameron Matthews
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Clayton Otwell of Little Rock, Ark. had just helped a stranger find his phone amongst the sweaty bodies at one of Voodoo's many musical showcases. To repay the kind concertgoer, the stranger offered Otwell a dose of 25-I, a new synthetic drug often compared to LSD.
His friend Mandie Newell tells The Times Picayune that Otwell accepted the offer and knelt down in front of the generous drug dealer. The stranger then placed a single drop of 25-I on Otwell's nose.
The 21-year-old immediately started babbling incoherently and was rushed to the festival's medical tent. Within the next half hour, Otwell suffered a serious seizure and never regained consciousness. He was then taken to Tulane University Hospital and placed on a respirator. He later died on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
"This weekend, it was everywhere," Voodoo fest attendee Jarod Brignac told Nola.com. "The people had bottles and bottles of it; they were walking through the crowd, trying to make a dime off people at the festival."
At least three other festivalgoers were sent to Tulane hospital for 25-I overdoses.