Fewer Zombies In New Anti-Synthetic Drugs Ad Campaign Targeting Adults

by Rachel Kurzius in News on May 24, 2016 1:30 pm dcist.com Image via D.C. Department of Behavioral Health. Danger: Fake Weed + U = Zombie is an equation that the D.C. Department of Health hoped would scare kids away from synthetic drugs. And this week the Department of Behavioral Health is rolling out an extension of the campaign for adults, though it features no undead victims of the drug. K2 Zombie DC, the health [...]


What’s in that synthetic drug? An unknown grab-bag of toxic chemicals

December 22, 2015 at 6:25 PM EST The synthetic drug Spice is known as "fake pot," but its effects are completely different from marijuana. The hard-to-detect substances are often made in foreign facilities with an ever-changing cocktail of chemicals, meaning you can never be sure of what you're taking. This year, poison control hotlines have seen a record number of calls across the country. William Brangham reports. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/whats-in-that-synthetic-drug-an-unknown-grab-bag-of-toxic-chemicals/


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 [...]


With Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses Seemingly On The Rise, D.C. Tries To Tackle An Elusive Problem

Photo via Flickr. Matt Cohen in News on Jun 10, 2015 12:30 pm With nearly a dozen people suffering from an overdose of synthetic marijuana, District police and fire officials had to set up a mobile command center in downtown D.C. last Friday. The drug responsible was allegedly a form of synthetic marijuana known as "Bizarro" and it affected 11 people outside of the city's largest homeless shelter, the Community for Creative Non-Violence. But Friday's [...]


District official warns about the dangers of synthetic marijuana

By Lori Aratani June 6, 2015 Via The Washington Post District officials are warning the public about the dangers of synthetic drugs known as K2 and Scooby Snax following a series of overdoses over the last month that have been linked to their use. The advisory follows reports that at least seven people at the District’s largest homeless shelter overdosed on synthetic marijuana Friday. All of them were in serious condition but were expected to survive, [...]


D.C. launches zombie-themed campaign to fight synthetic marijuana use

By Sam Ford May 3, 2013 - 9:35 pm The D.C. Health Department has launched an interactive zombie-themed campaign and website to warn about the dangers of various forms of synthetic marijuana. According to a statement from the department, the average age of synthetic marijuana users is 13. “Recent focus group findings in partnership with DOH and local youth-based organizations indicate that synthetic marijuana is seen as an alternative to marijuana, as a result of [...]


DC launches synthetic marijuana youth awareness campaign

By Maureen Umeh Updated: May 02, 2013 - 11:25 pm DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG WASHINGTON - A new D.C. Department of Health campaign is warning young people about the dangers of fake weed or K2/Spice. The campaign tells young people that use of the synthetic marijuana will turn them into zombies.The ads, which will appear in various mediums from print to broadcast and the web, shows various young people staged to look like [...]


Fake Weed Will Turn Kids Into Zombies, D.C. Health Department Warns

By Benjamin R. Freed in News on May 2, 2013 4:48 PM Via D.C. Department of Health The D.C. Department of Health is amping up its vigilance of a health scourge it says is wreaking havoc on the city's youth. Specifically, synthetic marijuana, which a new advertising blitz warns—in gory fashion—will turn users into slow-moving, addled hordes of the walking dead. K2 Zombie DC is the name of the health department's new campaign, and it [...]


D.C. Government to Reach Teens With Anti-Pot Zombies

 Posted by Will Sommer on May. 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm Fake Weed + U = Zombie Don't smoke synthetic marijuana, kiddos: It'll turn you into a flesh-craving beast. That's the message of K2 Zombie DC, a new Department of Health ad campaign aimed at keeping young people off "fake" marijuana. The campaign's material stress what a downer synthetic marijuana makes its users—proms are ruined repeatedly by toking dates, while above, [...]

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