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New warning about synthetic marijuana K2

Posted at 8:11 AM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 11:12:03-04

Right in the middle of America's opioid crisis, there's a new wave of drug overdoses.

This time, it's linked to synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

The drug looks like marijuana but it's a mix of chemicals that have been sprayed on herbs or plants.

The user typically smokes it. K2 is usually cheaper and more powerful than marijuana.

But in some cases, it can cause people to bleed from their eyes and ears. Because different chemicals are used to make it, the effects can be hard to predict.

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The fire department in Washington, D.C., has responded to more than 500 overdoses in just the last 2 weeks.

Here in Southern Nevada, leaders at Westcare have been sounding the alarm about the drug for years.