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Mass synthetic pot overdoses in New York City

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Posted at 6:59 AM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 06:59:31-04

New York City health officials are warning people about the dangers of using the synthetic marijuana K2 after more than two dozen people were sickened in an apparent mass drug overdose on a city street corner.

It happened Tuesday in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Witnesses reported seeing victims lying on the sidewalk, shaking and leaning against trees and fire hydrants.

Police say 33 people were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. It was not immediately clear what drugs the victims had ingested, but police say some of the victims had been smoking K2.

Witnesses say K2 use in that part of Brooklyn is out of control.

The production and sale of the drug was outlawed in the city in October 2015.