Neither doctors nor patients really know what is in so-called synthetic cannabis, or K2, and often it involves multiple, far more potent drugs than they think, new research suggests.

In 2017, 72,000 people died of drug overdoses in the US, and the sharpest increase in these deaths was among those using fentanyl or similar drugs.

Meanwhile, the last year has seen a surge in ‘synthetic cannabinoids,’ which often aren’t cannabis-like at all.

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