“Folks who are using the most recent batch of K2 are exhibiting symptoms of being in a comatose state and passing out,” said D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham. “It’s creating a drain on Fire and EMS resources and police resources.”
The mayor’s office, citing numbers from D.C. Fire and EMS, said first responders treated or transported 1,663 patients to hospitals for “symptoms consistent with synthetic drug overdoses” from July 14 through Sept. 23.
More than 200 cases of synthetic drug overdoses were reported just last week, including 80 on Friday alone. D.C. officials are blaming a potentially fatal of ‘K2,’ a dangerous form of imitation cannabis.
A retired high-ranking Drug Enforcement Agency agent says proceeds from synthetic marijuana — often known as K2 or Spice — is being used to fund terrorism.
Police have not disclosed where they believe the “bad batch” of K2 originated, but the overdoses have occurred in all quadrants of the District.
No arrests have been made in Saturday’s overdoses but police say they are looking for the person who distributed the K2.
The man who police say hijacked a Metrobus tried to attack the bus driver with pliers and admitted to using synthetic marijuana and PCP before boarding the bus a block from his Deanwood home, court documents say.
WASHINGTON — K2, Bizzaro, Scooby Snacks and Spice, easily purchased at some convenience stores and gas stations throughout the nation’s capital, are synthetic drugs responsible for a dangerous spike in overdoses. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser…
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