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Synthetic marijuana: Much more harsh than mellow

Users expecting synthetic marijuana to give them a mellow buzz similar to the real thing can get a nasty surprise, as the two are very different. Chemicals added to synthetic drugs can make them dangerous and sometimes deadly, more similar to PCP. [ Story: Synthetic drugs could become Washington’s next drug horror ] Sources: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; To the Maximus Foundation, D.C. Police,D.C. Fire and EMS Department, Office of National Drug Control Policy | [...]


Man High on Synthetic Drugs Beats Senior Citizen: D.C. Police

Updated at 12:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 A man D.C. police believe was high on synthetic drugs kicked a senior citizen in the head Tuesday night in front of the Chinatown location of Starbucks. A man witnessed by News4's Jackie Bensen approached a senior citizen waiting for a southbound 70 or 74 bus at 7th and I streets NW about 8:15 p.m. and began to assault him. The attacker knocked the unsuspecting [...]


At Starburst Plaza, a Community Tries to Combat Synthetic Drug Use

Posted by Andrew Giambrone on July 23, 2015 at 11:10 am A mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks watches over the space. A tree in the middle provides shade to pedestrians, who might grab a bike from the Capital Bikeshare station on the other side. There’s a fountain, too, but because it hasn’t run in months, it's completely dried up. Starburst Plaza—a public space at the intersection of four major streets in Northeast—also [...]


Synthetic Marijuana Threatens Health

Rise of a New ‘Drug’ Puts the Community on Edge By Candace Y.A. Montague Mayor Muriel Bowser and Chief Cathy Lanier speaks about the dangers of synthetic marijuana. Photo: Lateef Mangum, Office of the Mayor K2, Spice, Scooby Snax, and Bizarro. Clever names printed on small packages containing a deadly substance. Synthetic marijuana has been making its rounds among residents in the District. In May 2013 the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) launched its [...]


Synthetic drug overdoses: Where they’re happening

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Already being blamed for the spike in violent crime in the district, D.C. fire and emergency medical services say synthetic drugs are suspected of driving up the number of calls for overdoses. Many of these overdose calls have been to Hope Village. a halfway house for federal prisoners nearing the end of their sentence in Southeast D.C. The residents of the halfway house have proven to be a fertile population for synthetic [...]


Police: Woman who left baby on busy street was smoking synthetic drug

The Washington Post By Julie Zauzmer July 8 at 6:31 PM The woman who abandoned a child in a stroller on a busy D.C. street on Tuesday was high on synthetic marijuana at the time, D.C. police said. In a court document, police said that Latonya Cooper, 24, left a 10-month-old baby in a stroller in front of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on E Street NW. A spokeswoman for the D.C. Child and [...]


What Is Synthetic Marijuana and Why Is It Gaining Popularity?

Synthetic marijuana has played a role in multiple accidents and crimes in the past several weeks: a woman is accused of stabbing her boyfriend while high on the drug, and a D.C. homeless shelter experienced multiple overdoses. Mayor Muriel Bowser has said she wants to crack down on all synthetic drugs. But what is synthetic marijuana made from? The drug, which goes by many nicknames including bizarro, spice and [...]


DC Council approves tougher penalties for synthetic drugs

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 9:59 AM EDT Updated: Jun 30, 2015 10:40 PM EDT By Marina Marraco, FOX 5 Reporter WASHINGTON - FOX 5 was the first to bring you exclusive video showing several people overdosing on synthetic marijuana just blocks away from D.C. police headquarters. On Tuesday, emergency legislation was passed allowing the police chief to shut down District establishments that sell synthetic drugs.These drugs, also known as K2, Spice, Bizarro, Scooby Snax, Zorro [...]


Two People Hurt Near Site of Synthetic Drug Overdoses

FILE/Getty Images Two people were rushed to a hospital Monday afternoon from the same location where groups of people overdosed on synthetic marijuana twice this month. The two patients were transported from 2nd and D streets NW with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS said. For hours Monday afternoon, ambulances were stationed outside the Community for Creative Non-Violence, the largest homeless shelter in the District. Eleven people overdosed near the [...]


D.C. wants synthetic drug suppliers to get more than just ‘a slap on the wrist’

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier speaks at a news conference Monday as Mayor Muriel E. Bowser looks on. (Bill O'Leary/Washington Post)  By Abigail Hauslohner June 15  D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser vowed Monday to crack down hard on suppliers of synthetic drugs after a spike in overdoses sent dozens to area hospitals in the past month.Bowser plans to introduce emergency legislation this week that would give the D.C. police chief authority to shut down any [...]

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