Designer and synthetic drugs remain tremendously popular in many regions of Pennsylvania. The drugs are attractive to users because they offer extreme highs at a lower price. Additionally, some of these synthetic drugs do not register on traditional drug tests. That fact coupled with the drugs’ accessibility leads some to believe that synthetic drugs are
In 2017, there were 158 reported K2 overdoses in Lancaster, Pennsylvania over the course of just one week. Again, in May 2018, the city experienced an upswing of reported K2 overdoses. In the preceding months, the reported number of K2 overdoses has remained extremely high- occasionally surpassing the number of opioid overdoses reported in the region.