New York City Police Department Issues Alert on Synthetic Cannabinoid Products

Image of K2-Spice packageImage Courtesy Lieutenant John Grimpel, NYPD

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has issued an advisory alert for residents in the Brooklyn North Borough Command, warning people about a toxic batch of K2 that has been linked to 49 overdose cases since May 18. The NYPD is investigating the specific source of the drug distribution and has made arrests.

Synthetic cannabinoids like K2 are human-made mind-altering chemicals that are sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices. These products are also known as herbal or liquid incense and are marketed under a wide variety of specific brand names, including K2 and Spice and often labeled “not for human consumption.”

Synthetic cannabinoids can cause serious mental and physical health problems including:

  • rapid heart rate
  • vomiting
  • violent behavior
  • suicidal thoughts

Officials urge citizens to call 9-1-1 immediately if they or someone they know are experiencing signs of overdose. For more information:

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