Austin is experiencing a new surge in synthetic drug K2 on its streets, leading to an unprecedented number of victims.
A newly spiced up version of the synthetic marijuana-like drug K2 is sickening hundreds in Austin. This time, the Austin Police Department think that what triggered the unprecedented number of victims, up to 218 according to latest reports, is the drug having been spiced up with insect repellent.
This new batch of K2 has brought 218 patients in need of immediate medical care by Saturday alone. 196 more calls reporting the same issue have been registered during the past two weeks in Travis County.
As a result of the insect repellent being sprayed on the drug, the risks posed to health are increasingly more threatening. Blood pressure, as well as the heart beat are slowed down, posing even the danger of dying unless the issue is timely reported. Both first time users of K2 and those more accustomed to the drug are victims of the new batch that’s rampantly selling on the streets of Austin.
K2 was designed to emulate the effects of rather pricier and often lawfully unattainable marijuana. It goes by the name of K2, spice, potpourri, as well as herbal incense. According to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, K2 is responsible for causing hallucinations, violence, agitation, followed by seizures, vomiting, breath shortages and psychosis.
Regarding the recent events, chief Ernesto Rodriguez stated for the press that:
“We’re seeing elevated temperatures. We’re seeing seizures. We’re seeing people having blackouts and we’ve got some folks experiencing violent behavior, very aggressive tendencies. We’ve got some that are experiencing paranoia and anxiety.”
The most concerning fact about the use of K2 is that it is not restricted to a certain age group. Children, teenagers and adults are using it alike and the risks differ according to each age group, posing even more enhanced and imminent threats to some.
Usually K2 is emulating the effects of marijuana due to the fact that it is sprayed with a THC like substance that in cannabis is the psychoactive ingredient. This time, the extra spice was allegedly sprayed with insect repellent as well.
Austin police is currently working with U.S. Attorney’s Office to develop several investigations connected to the K2 batch that sickened 218 people until last reports came in on Saturday.
This is not the first time Austin is dealing with the issue. April 2015, as well as the months of May and November 2014 saw similar events unraveling, yet the highest spike until now was of 4 days only.
This time, it has been three weeks since victim numbers add up.
K2 is legal under Texas law and will remain as such until September 1st.
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