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A new kind of synthetic drug is causing alarm among parents in the Old North State.

25I-NBOMe --- also known as N-Bomb, 25i and Smiles ---  is a potentially dangerous synthetic drug sold in pill or powder form via the Internet. Like spice and bath salts, this new designer drug targets teenagers who are looking for legal highs.

A Wake County parent sought the help of ABC 11's I-Team to raise awareness about N-Bomb after discovering that her son was using the drug.

"I found Facebook messages that were sent by my son to some of his friends, and talking about taking this drug during school hours, during class, mentioning different periods during school," said the mom, whose name was withheld.

The mother explained that she has heard a few things about N-Bomb and that it "can cause hallucinations, seizures, and even death." She wants to raise awareness about the drug to save her son as well as other kids.

In New Hanover County, a 25-year-old girl died last year from N-Bomb overdose. Similar incidents were also reported in Florida, Louisiana, Texas and North Dakota in 2012.

"This particular drug, I have read, is something that can kill you in one dose," the mother added. "So it's very, very frightening."

Like other synthetic drugs proliferating across the country in the recent years, there aren't enough studies that could identify the effects of N-Bomb to users.  Thereby, making it even more dangerous for people who experiment with it.

Ann Hamlin, an agent from SBI drug lab, explained that N-Bomb exhibit stimulant and hallucinogenic effects. The drug is especially worrisome because no one really knows what it can do in humans.

"The places where they are manufactured don't have any quality control," Hamlin said. "These kids are taking things that have not been tested and approved by anybody."

One way kids obtain N-Bomb is by purchasing the drug through sites that can't be accessed via Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. Silk Road, a site that can only be accessed by downloading the Tour Browser, allows people to purchase N-Bomb using a digital currency called Bitcoin.

As such, parents were being advised to be more vigilant in their kids' online activities and what they do with their friends, especially now that drug dealers are becoming more sophisticated in peddling their illegal products.