Dallas police are looking into a rash of suspected K2 overdoses in recent days.
Officials at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas said they had 22 overdoses in a 24 hour period this week, likely related to K2. There were also 10 overdoses at Parkland Hospital.
“Multiple patients coming in with altered mental status and psychosis,” said Baylor University Medical Center Dr. Jim D’Etienne. “Some of them were extremely agitated, needing sedation and needing several people to keep them safe from themselves.”
Dallas police said in a statement they have no reports of any deaths, but “it typically takes several months before any toxicology results are returned from the Medical Examiner's Office.”
Dallas police have interviewed two people who have overdosed and said they are following up on information they learned.
Doctors said providers get around K2 bans in cities like Dallas when they change the outlawed ingredients.
Screening for the drugs is challenging, according to doctors, because the synthetic chemicals used in K2 don’t readily show up in toxicology screens.
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