Synthetic marijuana overdose leaves 33 sick in New York City

Synthetic marijuana overdose leaves 33 sick in New York City

As many as 33 people were hospitalized owing to a possible overdose of K2, also known as synthetic marijuana. The mass drug overdose took place on a New York City street corner- Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Police said that 33 people were taken to hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. For now, it has been clear as to what resulted into this condition, but police said that some of the victims were smoking K2. It is being said that people in that area have gone out of control. They do not even mind sleeping on the streets there.

Those who have seen the incident shared that more than a dozen people were passing out, vomiting, urinating in the middle of the street at around 9.30 am. Some have even recorded the videos and posted on their respective Facebook accounts.

On Tuesday, Health Department has announced that it has witnessed a rise in K2-related emergency room visits in Brooklyn. The department also affirmed that it has been investigating the matter. Along with this, the department said that they would like to warn New Yorkers that K2 is extremely dangerous.

“The city's public awareness efforts and aggressive enforcement actions over the past year have contributed to a significant decline in ER visits related to K2”, affirmed the department officials.

According to experts, K2 can lead to extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia, hallucinations, vomiting, fainting, and kidney failure and reduced blood supply to the heart. K2 carries man-made chemicals that act on the same cell receptors in the brain that THC does in natural marijuana.


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