Despite mass overdose, K2 users continue looking for next fix

Posted: 5:43 PM, Jul 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-14 17:56:33-04

As the NYPD cracks down on the sale of K2 in New York City, it continues to circulate on the street.

"I just bought a little bit and that's all I needed and I rolled up. I don't remember anything. I blacked out," Ditrell Barnes said.

Barnes passed out from K2 Wednesday night. He woke up Thursday morning at Woodhull Hospital. But when PIX11 News met him on Broadway in Bed-Stuy later that day, he was already looking for his next bag of K2.

"I try to do it every day," he said.

The epicenter of this K2 flare up is Myrtle Avenue and Broadway. Users walk around like zombies.

The Doe Fund, a non-profit helping formerly incarcerated and homeless New Yorkers, rallied in front of Big Boy Deli Thursday. The men who organization are angry K2 is ravaging their streets.

"I don't like what it's doing to my friends, to the community," Greg Williams said.

Police inspected the Big Boy Deli Wednesday and didn't find any K2, but users told PIX11 News they had purchased it there in the past.

Alyssa Sannuto joined the Doe Fund Rally. Her boyfriend died from K2 last year. "He was an addict and he died in his sleep," she said.

According to the NYPD, 33 people were treated for the effects of K2 on Tuesday. Even though they were hospitalized, it's not enough to deter others in this neighborhood from smoking it.

PIX11 News watched police confiscate a bag of K2 from a man near Broadway. He was issued a summons and he walked away.

“K2 is not covered by the NYS penal law and therefore has presented challenges to law enforcement. Until last year the only law in New York State was a section of the public health law that outlawed K2 and was merely an infraction,” NYPD assistant commissioner Robert Messner said.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the NYPD will continue to crack down on Bodegas that sell K2.

"We're coming after you. We're coming after you big time. We will use every tool we have and if we don't have the appropriate tools we will create new ones to put you out of business," Bratton said.