Around 33 people were hospitalized for a possible overdose on K2 (synthetic marijuana) in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday.
The surreal mass overdose saw several unconscious people lying on a sidewalk near Broadway and Myrtle Avenue while others were seen passing out, vomiting and urinating while walking aimlessly in the middle of the street.
The scene was so extraordinarily bizarre that a local resident named Brian Arthur said it looked “like a scene out of 'The Walking Dead.'” He even started live-streaming the incident on Facebook:
"As I was walking up a block, I see anybody laying out on the floor, and everybody's just stumbling all over the place," Arthur said. "It looked like a scene out of a zombie movie."
Police were first informed about the unusual occurrence after a 911 call complained of people with “altered mental status” in Stockton Street in Bushwick. When firefighters, officers and paramedics reached the site they discovered the problem was way worse than expected.
An officer “rated the day as the worst he has ever seen,” according to PIX 11 news channel.
Apparently, people had been complaining about a K2 epidemic in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. However, they had never witnessed anything like what happened recently.
According to NY Health Department, K2 can cause “extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia, hallucinations, rapid heart rate, vomiting, seizures, fainting, kidney failure and reduced blood supply to the heart.”
The production and sale of the drug was banned in New York City in October 2015.
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