At least 76 people overdose on K2 in New Haven, Connecticut

17 August, 2018, 02:39 | Author: Denise Dawson

Police arrested a man on Wednesday who is suspected of being connected to some of the drugs that caused the overdoses, NBC News Connecticut reported.

Most of the overdoses were on the New Haven Green, a historic downtown park near Yale University.

At one point, officials estimate that four to six people were dropping from overdoses at the same time and 25 of the overdoses happened within a three-hour stretch. The synthetic cannabinoid K2 is often laced with other substances, CNN reports, adding that authorities believe an added opioid may have contributed to the New Haven overdoses. Local officials said it was unlike anything they had seen before.

"Thus far, 13 patients have been transported to area hospitals for overdose related illnesses", police spokesman David Hartman said in a release. The police chief says they firmly believe the person in custody is responsible for at least some of the overdoses. No deaths were reported, and most people brought to hospitals have been discharged, officials said.

Synthetic marijuana is plant material sprayed with chemicals that has been blamed for overdoses nationwide. "It is taking people out very quickly, people having respiratory failure".

At least 76 overdoses occurred in New Haven, Connecticut, over a 24-hour period, WVIT-TV reported.

New Haven fire chief John Alston said responders received calls just after 8 a.m. reporting multiple individuals experiencing overdose symptoms, including unconsciousness, vomiting and nausea.

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The slew of overdoses comes as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a preliminary report on Wednesday on the record number of American drug deaths.

The city mounted a mass-casualty response, including fire, police, ambulances, emergency management, city health department and Yale-New Haven Hospital personnel, said Rick Fontana, emergency management director.

"We've heard from people on the green that it potentially included PCP".

First responders in New Haven initially suspected that the drugs were laced with some form of opioid and used Narcan, which combats opioid overdoses, on the patients.

A total of 71 people were rushed to various hospitals suffering from apparent overdoses. Alston said many contend with mental health issues, making the drug abuse a medical issue in addition to a legal one.

A "mass overdose" appears to have taken place in a CT park today (Aug. 15), according to news reports. Lower doses administered at the scene had been ineffective.

More than a dozen people overdosed on synthetic marijuana at the same park July 4.

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