Nearly two dozen opioid overdoses in last 24 hours

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Nearly two dozen people overdosed in the downtown area in the last 24 hours. Investigators with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are working to determine the source of the synthetic opioids responsible for the overdoses.

According to St. Louis Fire Captain Garon Mosby, eight of the overdoses were blamed on K-2, a synthetic marijuana product.

Many of the overdose victims are said to be homeless. Mosby said some of the victims are having seizures and becoming violent, symptoms of synthetic opioid use.

Narcan, a noted opiate antidote used to treat heroin overdose victims, does not work against synthetic opioids, Mosby said.

No arrests have been made.