How Synthetic Weed Is Ravaging Brooklyn's Homeless Population

Stand outside the emergency room entrance to Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn any day of the week and you'll see them. Sometimes alone, but more often in pairs, they get rolled through the sliding glass door and parked in the air-conditioned lobby with their mouths agape and gazes frozen somewhere in the middle distance, like some terrifying figures that sprang from Goya's brush.

On a recent Wednesday, a young Hispanic paramedic showed up with a middle-aged, unresponsive woman...

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