K2 Synthetic Marijuana

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Brooklyn Residents Warned Of Toxic Batch Of K2

May 22, 2018 - 7:00 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Police have issued an advisory for Brooklyn residents about a particularly toxic batch of synthetic marijuana known as K2 that has triggered 49 overdoses.
 
Police on Monday warned residents of five locations where highly dangerous batches of K2 were in circulation: Broadway and Myrtle Avenue, Fulton Street, Ralph Avenue, Van Sinderen Avenue and Atlantic Avenue. 

"I walk this way to work everyday and there's always people dozing and sleeping on the street," said Jeremiah.

"I saw EMTs picking up a guy onto a stretcher," said Adam, who lives at Broadway and Myrtle Avenue.
 
Twenty-five people were hospitalized on Saturday due to bad reactions to K2 at an intersection in Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, the same location that 33 people overdosed from K2 in 2016.


 
So far, police have made 13 arrests in the past two days.

“K2 is a dangerous, deadly drug, but this strain is especially threatening.  All residents who live near these five locations are warned about exceedingly dangerous K2 batches in circulation, and advised to avoid usage,” said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan. “Residents are urged to call 911 immediately if they or someone they know are showing symptoms of overdoses.”
 
K2 is a name for a synthetic compound that mimics the effect of THC, the most psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The drug can be many times as potent as the THC in marijuana.

(© 2018 1010 WINS. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)