What is K2, the drug involved in a mass overdose in one city park?

Authorities are reporting that in one day, at least 76 people have overdosed in New Haven, Connecticut. Over 50 of the overdoses happened in one city park near the famous Yale University.

Emergency services have reported that more calls are coming in, and that although none of the victims have died, some are in critical […]

Tox Tuesday: NPS in prisons reach epidemic proportions

Referred to as a “game-changer” inside jails and prison systems today, designer drugs, including various types of synthetic marijuana, such as spice and K2, are now showing up at alarming rates inside jails and prisons both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Also known as new psychoactive substances, or NPS, these drugs are leading to […]

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Sky-high farms: Rooftop agriculture growing in popularity – CCTV America Building farms on rooftops is now gaining momentum across China. It provides an alternative lifestyle for city dwellers, helping people unwind after […]

CDC report: “Spice” linked to kidney failure

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

A synthetic designer drug has been linked to an outbreak of kidney failure in a Wyoming town last year.

Three people in their late teens to early 20s were hospitalized in early March 2012 after they either smoked or ate spice, a drug made of plant material […]

Synthetic marijuana leads to more than 10,000 hospital visits a year

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Thousands of people were hospitalized in 2010 after using synthetic marijuana, also known as spice or K2, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The drug was linked to 11,406 emergency room visits, with 75 percent of those involving people between 12 and […]

Breaking down bath salts: Reports increasing in recent years

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Despite their retreat from the news recently, emerging designer drugs are a growing problem, according to recent reports.

The drugs, such as bath salts, K2 and spice, have received so much notice that at the end of June, the U.S. Congress classified 26 chemicals used to make […]