BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — Several more people were rushed to the hospital with suspected K2 overdoses Monday night following a weekend that saw dozens turned into "zombies" allegedly by synthetic marijuana in Brooklyn.
At least five people were reported to be hospitalized after showing symptoms of the drug outside of Atlantic House Men's Shelter in Brownsville, according to the FDNY.
A man who works at the shelter said there were probably even more victims in the immediate area.
"It’s just sad to see so many people affected by an epidemic like that," he said.
This comes after 25 people were treated Saturday night when they had negative reactions to the drug. No deaths have been reported.
Just minutes before the scene at the men's shelter unfolded, Jasmine Alicea, 42, was one of many arrested. She is charged with possession of a controlled substance and sale of synthetic marijuana.
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan issued an advisory alert for residents in the Brooklyn North Borough Command, warning people about a particularly toxic batch of K2 that has triggered 49 overdose cases originating at five locations.
“K2 is a dangerous, deadly drug, but this strain is especially threatening. All residents who live near these five locations are warned about exceedingly dangerous K2 batches in circulation, and advised to avoid usage,” Monahan said.
“Residents are urged to call 911 immediately if they or someone they know are showing symptoms of overdoses.”
The NYPD is making arrests for sale of K2, including 13 arrests over the past two days, and is currently investigating the specific source of the drug distribution.
K2 overdoses have been reported in the following five locations since May 18:
- Broadway and Myrtle Avenue
- 2570 Fulton St.
- 599 Ralph Ave.
- 2399 Van Sinderen Ave.
- 2402 Atlantic Ave.