Teen Drug Use K2

In this Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 photo, marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana are displayed under a light, at The Joint, a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle. Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use. Synthetic marijuana is thought to have appeared in the United States in 2009, and soon after came a spike in emergency room visits, even deaths, as the drug caught on among young people. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Police say a type of synthetic marijuana, possibly laced with dangerous narcotics or even rat poison, is to blame for more than dozen overdose cases in Columbia.

The police department said in a news release that five of the cases occurred between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Other overdoses were reported at extended stay motels. Police say no deaths have occurred.

The Columbia Tribune reports all the overdoses were linked to a synthetic marijuana commonly known as K2, which is sold under several names.

Police don't know the source of the substance.

Earlier this year, a batch of K2 in the St. Louis area, which may have been laced with Fentanyl, caused several overdoses in one area in just a few hours.

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