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Spike in Skid Row overdoses indicates cheap, synthetic drugs




During the day, Skid Row sidewalks are one of the few places people can rest.
During the day, Skid Row sidewalks are one of the few places people can rest.
Frank Stoltze

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Over the course of last weekend at least 14 people living on Skid Row were brought to hospitals after consuming “Spice,” a drug made from plant matter soaked with various, changing chemicals that sells for $1 to $2 a dose.

Early this morning the LAPD announced that they had arrested 16 of 20 suspected dealers in raids, seizing more than $600,000 in $1 bills and demonstrating how lucrative a cheap, deadly product can be.

Spice is one of more than 400 new synthetic drugs that the DEA identified last year and it is yet another substance that has seen year-over-year increased use.

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Frank Stoltze, KPCC correspondent covering criminal justice and public safety issues who’s been following the story