Pennsylvanians Warned by Wolf Administration of K2 Synthetic Marijuana Overdose Cluster

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  The Governor’s Office is warning residents and emergency responders about a spike in overdoses in Lancaster County.

 The overdoses are related to a synthetic marijuana known as K2 in Lancaster County has the potential to spread to other areas of the state.

“Synthetic marijuana is a man-made mind-altering chemical, that isn’t marijuana at all but made to mirror its effects,” said Acting Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith  in a prepared release.

“It can have a much more powerful effect on the brain than chemicals found in the marijuana plant. The chemicals in them are often unknown, dangerous and deadly.”He added

 Lancaster County emergency rooms have seen more than 125 overdoses attributed to K2 in the past few days.


“Synthetic drugs like K2 make treating overdoses especially difficult because we don’t know what chemicals or other drugs were used to make them,”  said Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine 


Synthetic marijuana can produce health effects such as:

• Altered awareness of surroundings

• Delusional or disordered thinking

• Violent behavior

• Anxiety

• Confusion

• Rapid heart rate

• Nausea and vomiting

• Seizures

• Paranoia

• Hallucinations and psychotic episodes

• Suicidal thoughts


Health care providers with questions should consult with their poison center about the management of their patients. Residents can call 1-800-222-1222, the Poison help line, to speak with the experts at their local poison center about synthetic marijuana.

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