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25 people collapse on same New York street after bad reaction to K2

At least 25 people hospitalized in New York after possible overdose of synthetic marijuana known as

They looked more like zombies than New Yorkers as they slumped against the buildings and lay down on the sidewalks.

Police say they all overdosed on drugs known to induce paranoia, vomiting and hallucinations.

At least 25 people have been hospitalized in New York City after possibly overdosing on the synthetic marijuana known as “K2.”

Police responded to an intersection in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on Saturday, loading dazed and confused users onto stretchers and into ambulances.

It is believed to be the same location where 33 people overdosed on K2 in 2016.

At least 25 people hospitalized in New York after possible overdose of synthetic marijuana known as

At least 25 people hospitalized in New York after possible overdose of synthetic marijuana known as “K2”

Police responded to an intersection in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on Saturday, loading dazed and confused people onto stretchers and into ambulances.

Police responded to an intersection in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on Saturday, loading dazed and confused people onto stretchers and into ambulances.

It is believed to be the same location where 33 people overdosed on K2 in 2016

It is believed to be the same location where 33 people overdosed on K2 in 2016

Authorities received a call around 7:30 p.m. of an unresponsive person at the corner of Broadway and Myrtle Avenue.

Authorities received a call around 7:30 p.m. of an unresponsive person at the corner of Broadway and Myrtle Avenue.

Those hospitalized were taken to Interfaith Medical Center, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Woodhull Medical Center and are all expected to live

Those hospitalized were taken to Interfaith Medical Center, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Woodhull Medical Center and are all expected to live

The sidewalk was littered with people in torpor in Bedford-Stuyvesant last weekend

Witnesses at the scene said the drug users looked like zombies and could barely keep their bodies upright

On Saturday night, NBC 4 New York reported that the number of those who overdosed was 16, before those numbers were corrected on Sunday.

Authorities received a call around 7:30 p.m. of an unresponsive person at the corner of Broadway and Myrtle Avenue.

Those hospitalized were taken to Interfaith Medical Center, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Woodhull Medical Center and are all expected to live.

Witnesses at the scene said the drug users looked like zombies and could barely keep their bodies upright.

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“We call them The Walking Dead,” Israel P told The New York Daily News.

A 23-year-old man who works at his family’s nearby restaurant said he saw three people being taken away in ambulances.

This man tried to escape the rescuers and tripped and tripped over cars

This man tried to escape the rescuers and tripped and tripped over cars

This Man Tried To Escape Rescuers And Stumbled And Tripped Cars To Do It (Left & Right)

A man is seen stumbling in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where 25 men were hospitalized last weekend

He was eventually freed by paramedics and loaded into an ambulance

Witnesses describe drug users as having difficulty breathing and 'looking like zombies'

Witnesses describe drug users as having difficulty breathing and ‘looking like zombies’

Two search warrants were executed at Big Boy Deli at 930 Broadway (pictured) and Star Deli and Grill at 943 Broadway, according to police.

According to police, two search warrants were executed at Big Boy Deli at 930 Broadway and Star Deli and Grill at 943 Broadway (pictured).

Two search warrants were executed at Big Boy Deli at 930 Broadway (left) and Star Deli and Grill at 943 Broadway (right), according to police.

Another man, who declined to be named, told The News: “One of them, a guy, was upside down. His body up, his head down… Another lay flat.’

Police arrested Tyquan Holley, 41, on Saturday night for possession of a controlled substance after they found synthetic marijuana in his possession on Myrtle Avenue near Broadway.

Holley has a lengthy rap sheet with 18 prior arrests on charges ranging from prostitution, robbery and grand theft, police said.

WHAT IS SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA?

Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, contains man-made chemicals that act on the same cell receptors in the brain as THC in natural marijuana.

Scientists have discovered cases where chemicals in synthetic marijuana can bind much more strongly to cell receptors than THC in cultivated marijuana.

This can produce stronger effects such as an elevated mood or a sense of relaxation.

But synthetic marijuana is also known to have psychotic effects on some users.

These can include extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia and even hallucinations.

They are often packaged under names such as Spice, AK-47, Green Giant Scooby Snax, Smacked, iBlown and Dank.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

In addition, two search warrants were executed at Big Boy Deli at 930 Broadway and Star Deli and Grill at 943 Broadway, according to police.

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Authorities identified Big Boy Deli as the “exclusive distributor” of K2 in the area, according to DNAinfo.com

Three other men were arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes including Raddwan Alsaidi, 24; Marcial Cortez, 26; and Ashraf Rayshani, 22.

Cortez was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a knife, The New York Times reported.

Two people were taken into custody at the Deli and Grill on charges of selling untaxed cigarettes, police said.

K2 contains man-made chemicals that act on the same cell receptors in the brain as THC in natural marijuana. It’s dirt cheap, often selling for between one and five dollars per stick or packet.

Scientists have discovered cases where chemicals in synthetic marijuana can bind much more strongly to cell receptors than THC, producing stronger effects.

Because the chemical varies from bag to bag, the effects of K2 are unpredictable and can vary from use to use, according to the New York City Health Department.

Packaged under names like Spice, AK-47, Smacked, Green Giant Scooby Snax, iBlown and Dank, K2 can lead to seizures, psychosis, addiction and death.

The products may also cause rapid heart rate, paranoia, confusion, vomiting, and hallucinations.

Richard Rojas, who plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square in May 2017 — killing an 18-year-old girl — was reportedly high on K2 at the time, ABC 7 reported.

Since 2015, K2 has sent more than 6,000 people to emergency rooms in New York City, and there have been two confirmed deaths from the drug.

Packaged under names like Spice, AK-47, Smacked and Dank, K2 can lead to seizures, psychosis, addiction and death.

Packaged under names like Spice, AK-47, Smacked and Dank, K2 can lead to seizures, psychosis, addiction and death.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law in October that banned the sale or manufacture of K2, making it a felony punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of more than $100,000.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law in October that banned the sale or manufacture of K2, making it a felony punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of more than $100,000.

Police arrested Tyquan Holley, 41, on Saturday night for possession of a controlled substance (pictured, police taking one of the four men arrested into custody)

Two people were taken into custody at the Deli and Grill on charges related to the sale of duty-free cigarettes, police said (Police take one of four men into custody)

Police arrested Tyquan Holley, 41, on Saturday night for possession of a controlled substance. Two people were taken into custody at the Deli and Grill on charges of selling untaxed cigarettes, police said.

Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr (in blue shirt) and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright, whose districts include Bedford-Stuyvesant, called for more enforcement outside of the Big Boy Deli

Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr (in blue shirt) and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright, whose districts include Bedford-Stuyvesant, called for more enforcement outside of the Big Boy Deli

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill in October that banned the sale or manufacture of K2, making it a felony punishable by up to a year in prison and fines of more than $100,000.

In May 2016, he reported an 85 percent drop in K2-related emergency room visits over the past 10 months.

Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright, whose districts include Beford-Stuyvesant, held a press conference Sunday asking for more enforcement outside of the Big Boy Deli.

“Right now we’re talking about stepping up enforcement in the local area to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Cornegy told reporters.

Shops caught selling the drug lose their license to sell cigarettes. But Cornegy said many stores in the area have found ways around the law. [rewrite[

‘Some of the local shop owners are now using what’s called runners. So, not selling it absolutely out of the store, but having people who are working outside of the store who are loosely associated with the stores doing their business for them,’ the councilman told New York 1.

‘So we have to escalate our efforts in an effort to stop this scourge in our community.’

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