- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four people have been hospitalized after officials say they suffered apparent overdoses of synthetic marijuana at the largest homeless shelter in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the Community for Creative Non-Violence shelter near Judiciary Square on Tuesday.

The conditions of the patients were not immediately known. Authorities say several additional people there may have overdosed.

Spokesman for the D.C. fire department Tim Wilson says that the cases are similar to those on June 5, when seven people were given emergency medical treatment after using synthetic drugs.

On Monday, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser joined law enforcement and health officials and vowed to target suppliers of synthetic drugs after a spike in overdoses in the past month.

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