Tonya Edwards, a resident of the Brownstone Hotel at 5th and San Pedro streets in downtown Los Angeles, said she saw several people collapsing on the sidewalk and street Friday afternoon and called 911.
The number of victims grew rapidly through the evening, said a man who identified himself as Twin Skid Row and described watching the drama unfold from his second-floor window at the hotel.
“They were passing out like dominoes,” he said.
Several police, fire and ambulance crews responded to the scene and found multiple drug overdose victims. Witnesses told police that the victims were smoking Spice, a synthetic marijuana. The synthetic cannabinoids are made by spraying psychoactive chemicals onto plant matter, which can then be smoked or consumed.
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