Officials: 5 deaths being examined for possible link to K2 overdoses at Anacostia park

Dozens of people have been transported for K2 overdoses at Anacostia Park neighborhood. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (Sam Ford/ABC7)

Authorities say they are looking into the fact that five people died Friday and that the synthetic drug K2 might have been a factor in their deaths.

DC Fire & EMS responders transported dozens of K2 victims to local hospitals within the last 24 hours.

“The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is aware of recent cases potentially associated with K2 usage," they said in a statement. "OCME will be performing full examinations and toxicology testing to determine if any recent deaths are associated with such usage.”

The individuals reportedly overdosed on K2 and were transported from an Anacostia neighborhood park.

City officials have worked to combat the problem of K2 in D.C. over the past few years.

In August, parents expressed concern over K2 activity near Savoy Elementary School in D.C.

During that time, DC Fire & EMS said there was an increase in the number of overdoses connected to the synthetic marijuana. At one point, 122 suspected K2 overdoses were reported in July.

But when city officials began cracking down on K2, it led to a decrease in the number of calls related to K2 overdoses, according to DC Fire & EMS.

Metropolitan Police were particularly alarmed by K2 and said they believed Jasper Spires was on it when he fatally stabbed American University student Kevin Sutherland at the NoMa-galludet U Metro station in D.C. on July 4, 2015.

Spires pled guilty to murdering Sutherland and was sentenced to 35 years in prison under a plea agreement.

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