Senator Klein To Host K2 Summit On Friday

Panels to convene city and state leaders and officials from DEA, FBI, NYPD, DOH, NYC DHS, NYC HHC, DAASNY and more


State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will host New York’s first summit on synthetic cannabinoids and convene top elected officials, health experts and city and state agency officials to discuss the K2 epidemic and gain insight into the frontlines of the battle against this dangerous substance. The summit will be held on Friday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Jacobi Medical Center.

Invited participants include: Senator David Valesky; Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj; Councilman Ritchie Torres; Councilman Andrew Cohen; Public Advocate Letitia James; Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Green; Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New  York Division, James J. Hunt;  FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Violent Crimes Division, Michael Osborn; Interim Medical Director of Behavioral Health at HHC, Dr. Charles Barron; NYC DOH Commissioner Mary Basset; NYC DCA Commissioner Julie Menin; President of NYSCOPBA Michael Powers; Representatives from New York, Queens, Kings and Bronx county district attorneys’ offices; and parents dealing with the devastating effects of K2.

With more than 150 emergency room visits a week, K2 summit will focus on finding coordinated solutions to combat synthetic drugs


The summit, moderated by Senator Klein, will hear heartbreaking testimony from a mother whose son’s life was taken by this devastating drug. It will convene three panels comprised of health experts, law enforcement officials and prosecutors who deal with synthetic cannabinoids. Discussions will focus on the depth of the issue across the state and work to enhance Senator Klein’s legislative response to extinguish the use of K2.

The summit convenes Friday morning from 9:00 AM to 12 noon at Jacobi Medical Center, 1400 Pelham Parkway South, building 4, 2nd floor conference room.


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