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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) -- Four people overdosed Tuesday morning within about a block radius in Lexington after smoking a marijuana substitute.

Three people overdosed near Noble Street on Martin Luther King Boulevard outside of a shelter and another person overdosed at the Marathon Gas Station. All of the victims were smoking "serenity," a dangerous marijuana substitute, officials said.  

There are overdoses in this area often, according to leaders at the New Life Day Center, a homeless shelter. 

"A very small percentage of the homeless population, not the homeless population we serve upstairs, that are getting a hold of this synthetic marijuana," said Tyler Hurst, executive director of the New Life Day Center. "They smoke it and they drop just like this."

New Life Day Center leaders said they work closely with police to eliminate drug dealers in the area. 

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