At least 130 people have overdosed on K2 in New York in the past 3 days

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K2 Users Continue Looking for Next Fix Despite Mass Overdose



The mass K2 overdose in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, that left more than 33 hospitalized is apparently a dramatic example of a recent alarming trend. According to the New York Times, synthetic marijuana has sent more than 130 to the hospital between Monday and Wednesday alone this week, with about a fourth of those from the Brooklyn incident. The number of people admitted to emergency rooms in just three days almost matches the entire number — 140 — hospitalized in June. Cops think a "bad batch" has hit the streets, sickening people, though they're not yet sure of the origin. And even with reports of a K2 "epidemic" in Bed-Stuy, hospitalizations linked to synthetic weed have plunged over the past year: Last July, at the peak of the city's K2 problem, 1,200 people were hospitalized because of bad reactions to spice — a number that decreased by 85 percent in March 2016.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton promised Thursday to escalate the crackdown on stores and bodegas illegally peddling K2. "You can expect to have very frequent visits from us until we padlock you, get court orders to put you out of business," Bratton said. "We're coming after you big time."

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A day after a mass casualty incident involving numerous overdoses on k-2, an individual suspected of smoking k-2 is approached by police and EMS this morning in Brooklyn. July 13, 2016. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Police and EMS rushed 15 people to the hospital after an alleged overdose by numerous people on K-2 and other drugs on Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn this morning July 12, 2016. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News via Getty Image
Police and EMS rushed 15 people to the hospital after an alleged overdose by numerous people on K-2 and other drugs on Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn this morning July 12, 2016. This is some of what they were smoking. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Police and EMS rushed 15 people to the hospital after an alleged overdose by numerous people on K-2 and other drugs on Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn this morning July 12, 2016. Local garden has signs up. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News via Getty Image
Police and EMS rushed 15 people to the hospital after an alleged overdose by numerous people on K-2 and other drugs on Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn this morning July 12, 2016. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News via Getty Image
Police and EMS rushed 15 people to the hospital after an alleged overdose by numerous people on K-2 and other drugs on Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn this morning July 12, 2016. This is some of what they were smoking. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News via Getty Image
People watch as the police investigate a store near the intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Broadway Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. More than two dozen people were sickened in an apparent mass drug overdose on a New York City street corner, sparking warnings from police and health officials about the dangers of using K2, also known as synthetic marijuana. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
People watch as the police investigate a store near the intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Broadway Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. More than two dozen people were sickened in an apparent mass drug overdose on a New York City street corner, sparking warnings from police and health officials about the dangers of using K2, also known as synthetic marijuana. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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