Synthetic marijuana ‘K2’ epidemic is taking over Bedford-Stuyvesant

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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — Residents in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community have had it with people smoking synthetic marijuana — also known as “K2.”

“On almost a daily basis we’ll see people, some around the corner having purchased K2 and they’ll find a spot along the tree and smoke it in public,” said one resident who asked we conceal her identity.

“One time I called ambulance because I saw someone, walk out into the street, oblivious to an oncoming tractor trailer truck,” she said.

Residents here say it’s not all that uncommon to find K2 users laid out in-front of their homes.

They say a deli at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Broadway is selling the synthetic drugs

“They tried to close that store but they keep selling it,” said Chaplain Golden, who maintains a garden here.

PIX11 couldn’t confirm if the store was selling the product because several admitted K2 users prevented us from going inside.

Recently, two men who appeared to be on K2, “chased an lady down the street with their pants down,” Golden said.

An admitted K2 user threatened to beat up anyone we spoke to about using the drug.

He even threatened to break PIX11’s camera.

“I know that cost a lot of money and I will replace [sic] that,” he said.

Over the past year PIX11’s chronicled the city’s fight to ban the sale of K2.

This time last year there were over 1,200 hospitalizations related to the drug

As of March there were only 200.

One former K2 user who did agree to speak with us said he stopped using the drug to be able to provide
for his family.

“Honestly if I keep smoking and they drug test me, then I can’t be with my kids.”

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