Columbia Police, Fire and EMS providers responded to upwards of a dozen overdoses in Columbia on Nov. 7. Between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. five or more overdoses occurred in a concentrated area on Wilkes Boulevard near Seventh Street. Other overdoses appear to be occurring in and around extended stay motels.
The common denominator in all of these cases was the drug K2. A synthetic marijuana, K2 can also be laced with many other drugs or poisons. Earlier this year, a batch of K2 in the St. Louis area, which may have been laced with Fentanyl, caused a large number of overdoses in a concentrated area in just a few hours. In the Washington D.C. area, K2 was laced with rat poison.
At the time of this release, none of the reported overdoses have been fatal, however, consumption of K2 can lead to death and serious illness. Users of K2 are at high risk of overdose and death because it is almost impossible for the user to know what other ingredients are in the synthetic marijuana.
Law enforcement officials stress that it appears a batch of K2 in the Columbia area may be laced with unknown drugs or poisons. If you know someone who uses K2, urge them to stop and seek treatment.
Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, in cooperative efforts with Turning Point, whose volunteers are knowledgeable with the homeless population, are conducting outreach among high risk population in areas where they take shelter.
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Columbia Police are asking anyone who may have information concerning the current local batch of K2 to call the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.