Three overdose on synthetic drug; health worker calls the drug an 'epidemic' in SETX

Three overdose on synthetic drug; health worker calls the drug an 'epidemic' in SETX

Three people are in recovery after overdosing on what Beaumont Police call a synthetic drug.


One health official says the drug problem is becoming an epidemic in Southeast Texas.

"Every day in our hospital, there's at least two or three people that are hospitalized because of synthetic marijuana," says Garett Craver, Asst. Administrative Director of Baptist Beaumont Behavioral Health Center. "It's very inexpensive, it's one of the cheapest drugs you can get, it's rapidly available, and the high is very high."

Investigators aren't sure what type of synthetic drug three people overdosed on at the halfway house on Gulf Street, , a transitional treatment center for those on parole.

A spokesperson with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice says the halfway house is for those with no family and nowhere to live while on parole.

One resident who didn't want to be put on camera says he wasn't surprised to hear first responders were called to the center.

"You hear the ambulance or fire truck and you say 'OK, here we go again,"' says Robert Jones, who lives nearby the halfway house.

The TDCJ spokesman says audits on the facility are done quarterly, the most recent one on June 28th, and it found nothing out of the ordinary with the facility.

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