‘It looked like a scene out of the Walking Dead’: THIRTY-THREE people collapse on the same New York street at 9AM after taking a bad batch of synthetic marijuana ‘K2’
- More than 30 people overdosed simultaneously around 9.30am
- Witnesses saw them pass out, vomit, urinate and twitch in middle of roads
- It is believed they consumed same batch of K2 sold at a Brooklyn store
- The neighborhood has become known as ‘ground zero’ for K2 addicts
- All 33 were hospitalized nearby and are expected to survive
It was like a scene from an episode of The Walking Dead. But it wasn’t zombies who could barely stand, it was New Yorkers.
And it wasn’t an apocalyptic infection they were suffering from – but the same bad batch of bad drugs.
Thirty-three people were hospitalized for a possible overdose on K2, a type of synthetic marijuana, in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning.
Witnesses reported seeing more than a dozen people passing out, vomiting, urinating and twitching in the middle of the street around 9.30am in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
Horrified children looked on as paramedics checked on two New Yorkers among the 33 who were hospitalized for a possible overdose on a bad batch of K2, a type of synthetic marijuana
Witnesses reported seeing more than a dozen people passing out, vomiting, urinating and twitching in the middle of the street around 9.30am in the Bedford-Stuyvestant and Bushwick neighborhoods
Police first received a report of multiple people with an ‘altered mental status’ outside a Brooklyn community garden on Stockton Street
They reportedly reacted to the drug almost simultaneously near Broadway and Myrtle Ave, an intersection that has become known as ‘ground zero’ for K2 addicts in the city.
Lindsay Foehrenbach, a resident of the neighborhood for the last 11 years, described the ‘appalling’ scene to Daily Mail Online.
‘People just kept showing up and then quickly dropping to the ground, flopping over hoods of cars, or crumpling onto the sidewalk,’ she said.
‘They all seemed oblivious to their surroundings and just couldn’t stay on their feet. I saw four ambulances show up and more entering the intersection as I was leaving.’
Foehrenbach said one man was spread eagle and lying face down on the ground. Another man laid down in the street between two parked cars. His shoes were off and he was unresponsive.
Resident Brian Arthur likewise witnessed the ‘horrible’ scene.
‘Some of them were motionless. This is nothing you’d want your kids to see,’ he told the New York Daily News.
Arthur, 38, filmed the incredible scene and posted it on his Facebook, showing people who couldn’t stand up straight and had to be held up by officers as they waited for a stretcher.
‘This is no joke over here right now, this is tragic,’ Arthur says as his camera moves from one passed-out New Yorker to the next.