Eight people hospitalized in Brooklyn from possible K2 synthetic marijuana overdoses Anthony Izaguirre Graham Rayman NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 12:51 PM Eight people were hospitalized early Tuesday from a possible overdose of K2 in Brooklyn, officials and sources said. Someone called 911 to report people with "altered mental status" on Stockton St. near Myrtle Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 9:40 a.m., officials said. Firefighters, cops and paramedics responded and found eight people in various states of distress. Sources said it was likely caused by ingestion of K2, which is a type of synthetic marijuana. Most of the patients were taken to Woodhull Hospital. The remainder were taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. K2 ER visits down since synthetic marijuana epidemic's start An ambulance that was transporting one of the patients was flagged down at Marcus Garvey Blvd. and Myrtle Ave. to deal with another patient who was said to be combative, according to initial reports. Police and EMS rushed multiple people to the hospital after they allegedly overdosed on synthetic marijuana in Brooklyn. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News) The drug has afflicted the neighborhood in recent years, with addicts visibly getting high and lolling along the sidewalks, neighbors and workers said. Jimmy Bravo, 28, a clerk at a bodega on the corner of Broadway and Stockton St., said he saw an ambulance take some of the people who allegedly overdosed. "They're like walking zombies," he said. "Ambulances pick them up night and day, 24 hours. Cops see them but they don't do nothing." He said addicts sometimes have sex on the sidewalk. 15 photos view gallery Police rush multiple people to the hospital after alleged K-2 overdoses in Brooklyn "They don't care,” he said. “They do it right in front of kids.” A woman who did not want her name used said she saw some of the patients and thought they were sick. "One of them looked like he was having a seizure," she said. “He was going into convulsions.” Mayor de Blasio signed a bill in October making it a crime to sell or produce K2, punishable by up to a year in jail and fines totalling $55,000. Police received reports of people with "altered mental status" in Brooklyn — they suspect K2 overdoses. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News) "K2 is a poison," de Blasio said at the time. "It is a poison that threatens public safety and public health, and it's taken a toll on too many New Yorkers." Emergency room visits caused by K2 have dropped 85% since the height of the epidemic, officials announced in May. The number of hospitalizations tied to the drug, also known as synthetic marijuana, peaked at 1,200 in July 2015 — nearly 40 a day — but dropped to 178 in March.