Overdose total hits 76 in CT park near Yale

16 August, 2018, 23:44 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • Connecticut police arrest man in connection with more than 30 overdoses at New Haven Green

At least 71 people have overdosed from synthetic marijuana in CT with at least 52 of them at or near a CT city park, authorities said late Wednesday.

After dozens of overdoses occurred, first responders set up a command post at the historic New Haven Green park in downtown. Three of them happened Tuesday night. New Haven Fire Chief John Alston said the drug behind the mass overdose is likely K2 - a synthetic cannabinoid often cut with other harmful substances. "It brought out Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven Police Department, Fire Department, AMR".

Officials said three people have been arrested in connection with the overdoses, including a man who may have been giving out free samples of K2.

No one has died, but two individuals are considered to be in serious, life-threatening condition.

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.

Police reportedly made one arrest Wednesday, though the charges were not clear.

"Do not come down to the Green and purchase this K2", city Police Chief Anthony Campbell said.

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"We literally had people running around the Green providing treatment", New Haven's emergency operations director, Rick Fontana, said, according to the TV station. The patients were taken to area hospitals for overdose-related respiratory illnesses, Officer David Hartman said.

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.

"There have been a couple individuals that were certainly more sicker than others", Fontana told reporters at a press conference Wednesday morning.

"The substance behind these overdoses is highly unsafe and must be avoided", Malloy said, adding that state public health officials had delivered 50 doses of Naloxone to New Haven to replenish the supply expended by first responders over the course of the 24-hour crisis.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said Wednesday that the state Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services were assisting New Haven with the rash of overdoses.

K2 can result in seizures, psychosis and even death.

In a warning last month signed by top federal officials, the Food and Drug Administration said synthetic marijuana has become particularly risky because some producers have been adding brodifacoum - a long-acting anticoagulant thought to extend the drug-induced "high".

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