DC man pleads guilty to shaking death of girlfriend’s baby

By Neal Augenstein | @AugensteinWTOP August 19, 2016 1:39 pm WASHINGTON — A 24-year-old D.C. man pleaded guilty to a charge of child abuse resulting in death after shaking his girlfriend’s six-month-old daughter while he was under the influence of synthetic marijuana, which is also known as K2. In Prince George’s County Circuit Court, Judge Beverly Woodard accepted the plea, and sentenced Kareem Bryant to 12 years in prison. Bryant is currently serving three [...]


Marion Barry’s son dies of an overdose

By Abigail Constantino and Kathy Stewart August 14, 2016 6:09 am FILE - In this March 19, 2014 file photo, Christopher Barry, the son of the late former mayor and DC City Council member Marion Barry, speaks in Washington. The only son of Barry is seeking his late father's seat on the D.C. Council. Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Barry picked up nominating petitions at the D.C. Board of Elections on Monday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) [...]


DC Police Chief: 3,500 Medical Transports Related to ‘Suspected Synthetic Cannabinoid Use’ in 2015

By Melanie Hunter | June 7, 2016 | 3:27 PM EDT Synthetic cannabinoids seized by agents in Alabama. (Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, via Associated Press) (CNSNews.com) – D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that last year the District’s Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services provided at least 3,500 transports related to suspected synthetic cannabinoid use. “In 2015, the District of Columbia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Medical [...]


Court documents: Metrobus hijacking suspect smoked K2, PCP before fatal crash

By: Paul Wagner Posted:May 04 2016 06:02PM EDT Updated:May 04 2016 06:11PM EDT WASHINGTON - Court documents say a man accused of hijacking a Metrobus and fatally striking a pedestrian with the vehicle on Tuesday had smoked K2 and PCP before the crash. The court affidavit filed in the case says the suspect, Keith Loving, admitted to the drug use after the crash. The affidavit also says Loving brought the bus to a stop at [...]


‘Mary Jane, Reggie, And Kush’ Warn Of Pot Dangers In New D.C. Health Campaign

DCist by Rachel Sadon in News on Dec 23, 2015 1:55 pm Although D.C. can't tax and regulate the sale of marijuana—the use of which has been legal for ten months—it can warn kids about lighting up. Using the characters of "Mary Jane," "Reggie," and their dog, "Kush," the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health and the Department of Health launched a joint campaign that promises "The Blunt Truth" about marijuana's health impacts. Like [...]


D.C. launches marijuana education initiative

  FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011, file photo, medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. College students are most likely to try marijuana, inhalants and alcohol for the first time during the summer, not the school year, according to the report released Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which examined data from the annual National Survey on Drug [...]


The scariest thing about synthetic drugs is everything that’s unknown

Synthetic drugs bring challenge of unknown to D.C. An ever-changing concoction of inexpensive, easy-to-get drugs are proving hard for police and paramedics to counter. By Abigail Hauslohner and Peter Hermann July 18   The man in the Mickey Mouse shirt was clinging to a light pole on H Street NE when police showed up, and then he dropped his pants. Another man near Eastern Market was laughing so hard that paramedics had trouble keeping him on [...]


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 [...]

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