Dozens overdose on K2
Along the rapidly gentrifying border of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, over 30 individuals were transported to local hospitals Tuesday morning after authorities began receiving calls from local residents about strange behavior and persons passed out in the streets. Long known as an epicenter for synthetic drug use, the scene along Broadway and Myrtle Avenue that morning reached a breaking point, with users falling into severely disassociated states due to smoking a type of synthetic marijuana known as “K2” or “Spice” by users.
Designed to mimic marijuana, K2 is known to be far more potent than the herb and has been known to cause seizures, rapid heartbeats, and hallucinations. Although New York City cracked down on sales of the drug last year, this has far from quelled the use of K2. Residents in the area near where the mass overdose occurred report regularly seeing users smoking K2 openly in the streets, often passing out on the sidewalks, in the parks, and on subway platforms. Many businesses in the area even have, “No Smoking K2” signs in their windows.
No users were reported dead during the mass overdose, with most being treated and released.
Source: 33 Hospitalized After Calls About Mass K2 Overdose in Brooklyn: NYPD | NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/K2-Mass-Overdoses-Brooklyn-Bedford-Stuyvesant-NYC-386499841.html#ixzz4ETuYCdU9