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Synthetics: The New Drug War

The News4 I-Team shows you everything you need to know about these confusing, complicated and deadly drugs behind a record-breaking number of overdoses in our area. Read More

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Monday, Dec 21, 2015
It Only Takes One Hit: Teaching Kids About Synthetic Drugs

It Only Takes One Hit: Teaching Kids About Synthetic Drugs

Educating children is key in the battle against synthetic drugs. Read More

Thursday, Dec 10, 2015
D.C. Murder Created Congressional Accord on Synthetic Drugs

D.C. Murder Created Congressional Accord on Synthetic Drugs

Putting people in jail for manufacturing and selling drugs, even if those drugs are so new they aren't technically illegal yet. The News 4 I-Team looks at how federal and local lawmakers are trying to fight back against a flurry of... Read More

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015
Police, Prosecutors Missing Weapon in Synthetic Drugs Battle

Police, Prosecutors Missing Weapon in Synthetic Drugs Battle

The News4 I-Team went to Quincy, Massachusetts, to see how the police department there is using new technology to test suspected drugs. Read More

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015
Synthetics Account for More EMS Calls Than Heart Attacks in DC

Synthetics Account for More EMS Calls Than Heart Attacks in DC

The News4 I-Team has brand new numbers showing synthetic drug overdoses now exponentially outnumber EMS runs for heart attacks, strokes and other drug overdoses, putting a huge strain on the city’s already stressed-out emergency... Read More

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015
D.C. Region Is a Synthetic Drug Overdose Hot Zone

D.C. Region Is a Synthetic Drug Overdose Hot Zone

Poison Control says it’s seen a record number of calls for synthetic drug overdoses this year – many centered here in the D.C. region. Read More

Monday, Oct 12, 2015
Synthetic Drugs: Battle Shifts From D.C. Stores to Streets

Synthetic Drugs: Battle Shifts From D.C. Stores to Streets

D.C. police say their success in pulling illegal manufactured drugs from store shelves has led to a new battle on our streets. For the first time, the man in charge of the MPD’s undercover narcotics busts talks about what’s worked... Read More

Monday, Sep 21, 2015
D.C. Pretrial Services Agency to Test for Synthetic Drugs

D.C. Pretrial Services Agency to Test for Synthetic Drugs

D.C. Pretrial Services will be the first agency of its kind in the nation to test for synthetic drugs. Read More

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015
What 'Synthetic Drugs' Really Look Like

What 'Synthetic Drugs' Really Look Like

The News4 I-Team received exclusive access to the DEA laboratory on the front lines of the new drug war against synthetic drugs to show you what they really look like and why they’re so challenging for law enforcement. Read More

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015
Why Molly Isn’t What You Think It Is

Why Molly Isn’t What You Think It Is

The DEA says people think they’re taking the well-known party drug, but their chemists are finding the pills & powders are something completely different. Read More

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