Nearly 170 treated for bad K2 reactions in two weeks

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Area paramedics continue to treat more patients they say are having bad reactions after using K2, also known as synthetic marijuana. Updated numbers show they have treated nearly 170 people in the last two weeks, and with this outbreak, symptoms are changing.

Austin paramedics have continued to see an increase in K2 patients over the past several days. Austin-Travis County EMS Cmdr. Jonathan Mudge says the outbreak is hitting all age groups, from teenagers to people in their 60s.

EMS believes the high numbers are partly due to how easy it is for people to get the drug. Many of the cases have reportedly been downtown, but they have also had calls in Southeast Austin, near the University of Texas and in other areas of the county.

No deaths have been reported thus far, but Austin-Travis County EMS officials warn that K2 is a dangerous drug that can be deadly. Meanwhile, police are working to find the distributor who is selling the drug in Austin.

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