An alarming scene of staggering, zombie-like people unfolded in New York streets resulting in more than 30 being hospitalized.
Witnesses reported seeing people vomiting, passing out and struggling to stand as the victims were apparently reacting to a bad batch of the synthetic marijuana drug known as K2 on Tuesday, according to The New York Post.
“It looked like a scene out of ‘The Walking Dead,’ ” said Brian Arthur, who has lived in Brooklyn all his life and posted a video of the scene on his Facebook page.
“These guys were wandering around, stumbling all over the place, and were completely out of it,” Arthur told The Post. “They didn’t know their whereabouts, and some couldn’t even get up off the floor. One guy was even trying to hold himself up with a Johnny pump [fire hydrant]. It was ridiculous.”
Video from Brian Arthur Spmg/Facebook
The Post reported:
Cops said the druggies started dropping like flies at around 9:40 a.m., with most of them being found on the sidewalk and subway platforms near Broadway and Myrtle Avenue — a notorious spot for K2 users that has been dubbed “Zombieland” by cops and residents.
“That area is ground zero for K2 addicts,” a police source said. “They have people there who are zonked out on K2 all the time.
“There is a store at the corner there that sells it and there’s a methadone clinic nearby. It’s believed that people who go to the methadone clinic are also using K2.”
Police reportedly responded to a call about multiple overdoses outside of a building next to the Bushwick City Farm, which provides free food, clothing and educational programs, according to The Post. “Obviously, it was a bad batch [of K2],” said a police source. “They are lucky they didn’t die.”
The benches outside of the Bushwick City Farm allegedly have become a meeting place for K2 users.
“We’ve been trying to push people away from the garden area who are smoking this stuff,” Bushwick City Farm voluntee Jason Reis told The post. “They’ll often try to congregate out front. In the last week or so, we’ve put a sign that said: ‘No smoking K2.’ ”
The synthetic drug “is 0% marijuana and is 100% dangerous,” according to the New York City Health Department. Sold under names like Spice, AK-47, Smacked, Red Giant and Trippy, the drug can elicit reactions ranging from extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia and hallucinations, to rapid heart rate, vomiting, seizures and kidney failure.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill in October that made it illegal to sell or produce K2, a crime punishable by fines and up to a year in jail. The drug’s low price of $5 a dose caused an increase in its popularity with young pot smokers and the city’s homeless population, The Post reported.
The 33 people hospitalized were all reportedly expected to survive.
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