Florida investigators are saying that they recently have come across an “unprecedented” epidemic of synthetic marijuana overdose calls that resemble scenes from “The Walking Dead” zombie apocalypse TV show.
Investigators in Clearwater, Florida, have been responding to a myriad of calls featuring people slumped over in such stupefied states that they could barely talk or move, especially during routine patrols through Crest Lake Park, according to WTVT-TV. The investigators are attributing the epidemic to overdosing on a bad batch of synthetic marijuana, more commonly known as “spice.”
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“We called the police because there was a guy screaming so gutturally I thought he was going to pop a blood vessel,” Janet Gruhala, a Clearwater resident who frequently visits the Crest Lake Park to walk her dogs, told WTVT.
The police say that dozens have calls have come in the past week reporting people who were found so dangerously high that they had to be rushed immediately to local hospitals for treatment for the suspected spice overdose, WTVT reported. Clearwater investigators suspect that their epidemic may be related to a series of recent cases in Tampa, in which spice manufacturers changed up the ingredients in the drugs to such an extent that many of its users have no idea what they are actually smoking, according to WFLA-TV.