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Local Law Enforcement Concerned About K2 Overdoses

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(KCEN) – With nearly 120 K2 overdoses within five days in just the Austin and Dallas area, local law enforcement is keeping an eye on the synthetic marijuana.

Sergeant Patrick Swanton with the Waco Police Department says seeing the huge increase so close to home is concerning. “That many overdoses 100 miles from us either way is an alarm for us,” he said. “It signals to us to be on the lookout and make sure our officers are aware this kind of stuff is going on.”

K2 is hard for police to crack down on because the chemical make up is constantly changing. Swanton says that’s what makes compound so dangerous. “It can be a deadly combination of chemicals. We’ve had an individual in Waco who was eating his dog on this stuff,” Swanton said.

The changing compounds also prove challenging for doctors who are treating the overdoses because they don’t exactly know what they’re dealing with. “What somebody is buying in Austin today is different than what someone is buying in Miami today,” Medical Director for Central Texas Poison Center Ryan Morrissey said.

Morrissey says not only do these compounds mimic marijuana, but they can also take on hallucinogenic properties like the PCP drug.

“It’s an unknown drug added to a mixture of potpourri then sold to a public that doesn’t know what they’re buying,” Morrissey said.

While local hospitals like Scott and White, Hillcrest and Seton see patients coming in with K2 symptoms, they have not seen the spike like Dallas and Austin.

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