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Authorities investigating two overdoses in Milton

MILTON (WKOW) -- The City of Milton Police Department in conjunction with the Rock County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit are investigating two overdoses within the past week in the community. Both overdoses were the result of legal products that law enforcement cannot currently control. 

On May 14, a 26-year-old man is believed to have overdosed on a substance called "K2" or "Spice." This product is typically imported from Korea or China and has effects similar to marijuana. It is typically smoked and can be purchased legally.

On May 20, a different 26-year-old man overdosed on gamma-Butyrolactone, commonly referred to as "GBL." This compound is typically found in cleaning products, such as those to clean graffiti damage, or car rim cleaners. It is ingested orally or injected into a vein. 

Both overdoses required hospitalization, however were not fatal.

We are notifying the public of these overdoses in hopes of enlightening the community to a very dangerous trend. While law enforcement has the tools available to deal with overdoses on illegal substances, such as street drugs, we have very few options available to us when people abuse these very dangerous legal substances. We would ask that the public please educate themselves on these substances as a means of preventing future overdoses.

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