'Zombie' Drug More Potent Than Marijuana Causes Outbreak In New York
A new drug which is misleadingly marketed as "fake pot" triggered a "zombie" outbreak in a New York City neighborhood. Investigators say that the drug that caused the outbreak last summer is more potent than the real marijuana.
Synthetic Drug Caused Brooklyn's "Zombie" Outbreak
Emergency Technicians were called to a mass casualty situation in Brooklyn last summer. They reported multiple people at the scene near a subway station on on Myrtle Avenue and Broadway, on the border of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant, "all of whom had a degree of altered mental status that was described by bystanders as 'zombielike,'" a report in the The New England Journal of Medicine said Wednesday.
The Drug Is Sold As Incense And Smoked Like Marijuana
The drug is known as an herbal "incense" and is sold as "AK-47 24 Karat Gold", more generically known as K2 or Spice. They are smoked like marijuana and don't become known to authorities until the people who take them suffer their ill effects. This drug is 85 times as potent as the main agent in plant-grown marijuana, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, according to lab tests.
Researchers in California say that they have found a quicker method to identify designer drugs similar to the one that caused the "zombie" outbreak on a Brooklyn. This could help officials quickly outlaw the synthetic drug and police officials to get it off the street.
The method involves developing a catalog of potential drugs before they hit the black market. Senior author Roy Gerona of the University of California, San Francisco said: "The way to respond to designer drug intoxication requires a totally different approach that may not necessarily be available to ordinary clinical labs."
Synthetic drugs are created and distributed so quickly and it can take two to six months to identify a new chemical. Since 2014, more than 200 such compounds have been identified, and most of them came from from laboratories in China or Southeast Asia.
Teen Drug And Alcohol Use Are Down, Surveys Claim
Drugs and alcohol use of teenagers are down, according to a survey. The "2016 Monitoring the Future" survey showed a continuing decline in the use of illicit substances — marijuana, alcohol and tobacco — and misuse of prescription drugs among teens.
Medical Marijuana For Pets: A Growing Trend In Toronto
Marijuana is not just for humans anymore. In Canada, the use of medical cannabis to treat pet ailments is gaining popularity.
Marijuana Use Causes Slow Bloodflow To The Brain, New Study Says
Using marijuana regularly slows down the blood flow to the Hippocampus - the brain's key memory and learning center - which could cause vulnerability to Alzheimer's.
BMW Cars Reportedly Catching Fire With Unknown Reasons
According to the ABC News Chief Investigative Head, there are 42 cases of parked BMW cars that caught fire for unknown reasons. On the other hand, there are 4.9 million BMWs on US roads that are involved in fire accidents.
Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Wants Marijuana To Be Legalized In NFL
Jerry Jones might have taken the drug policy in NFL to another level when he urges other owners to remove marijuana ban in the league.
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