Around 9:30 in the morning, a group of people in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood became violently ill after smoking the drug, some vomiting or having trouble breathing, others passing out in the street.
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"It's gotten out of hand", he said.
Eight people with altered mental statuses who appeared to be on K2 were taken to Woodhull and Wyckoff hospitals.
It is thought some of the victims had been smoking K2 - known as a synthetic form of marijuana made illegal in the state previous year.
Seventeen people were hospitalized after an apparent K2 overdose in Brooklyn early Tuesday, police said.
Both the FDNY and NYPD said the investigation was ongoing.
Nury Rodriguez, 55, who works at a barbershop on Stockton Street said she saw several people fall a couple of minutes after they were smoking.
Since 2015, there have been more than 6,000 K2-related emergency room visits in New York City, according to the city's health department. "The city's public awareness efforts and aggressive enforcement actions over the past year have contributed to a significant decline in of ER visits related to K2".
Although K2 affects the same area of the brain as marijuana, it contains chemicals made in laboratories and sprayed on to dry leaves. NY finally chose to outlaw the sale and production of the drug back in October.