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EMS/APD respond to unusual spike in K2-related calls

Austin-Travis County EMS says they have responded to 42 incidents involving 52 patients since Wednesday evening. (Image credit: MGN Online)

Health officials are observing an unusual spike in K2-related calls in Austin.

Austin-Travis County EMS says they have responded to 42 incidents involving 52 patients since Wednesday evening.

Capt. Rutledge with ATCEMS told CBS Austin the calls started coming in yesterday afternoon and continued into the evening. He says numbers are “abnormally high.”

Capt. Rutledge also says these calls are coming from around the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). They are treating the current outbreak as a mass causality event.

"This is like playing a game of Russian roulette. You don't know what you are ingesting," said EMS spokesperson Mike Benavides. "This is a poison on our streets"

Austin police say three people are in custody. They could face charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

"If you are engaging in the distribution of it for illegal profit be rest assured that if we find you doing it, we are going to prosecute you for it and we are going to arrest you," said APD Officer Kurt Thomas.


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