Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
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Authorities Say 15 Overdosed In 45 Minutes At Connecticut Park

Authorities Say 15 Overdosed In 45 Minutes At Connecticut Park

So far, no deaths have been reported, although some had life-threatening symptoms.

An official in the city said earlier there were a total of 25 overdoses over a three-hour span and that some overdoses were "in multiples of 4-6 at a time".

"[Fire Chief] Alston says the substance appears to be some type of synthetic cannabis, but authorities are not sure".

"There were some that were unconscious, some that were nauseous, lethargic, some in respiratory duress", New Haven Fire Chief John Alston said of the people treated by emergency responders.

The overdoses were concentrated on the New Haven Green but because it's now dark the incident is beginning to branch out to different parts of the city, where more people are being found, police said.

Officials were testing the blood of the victims to see exactly what they ingested. 'Narcan was not effective here at the scene, ' said Alston.

"We heard from people on the Green this morning that it could potentially be laced with PCP and some of the reactions of the patients in the emergency department would suggest it was an opioid involved as well", Bogucki said.

Police did not immediately release the name of the man who was arrested, saying they were waiting for victims to positively identify him.


At first, the drug Nalaxone - used to treat narcotic overdoses - appeared not to work.

What is K2 or synthetic marijuana?

The case on Thursday was the latest in what turned out to be 76 overdoses on Wednesday.

"Today's emergency is deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals", Malloy said, according to the Courant.

"Testing done today in NY by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency confirms that samples of the substance that caused today's overdose cases on the New Haven Green are K-2, a potent, synthetic drug that induces marijuana-like effects", said Director of Communications for New Haven, Laurence Grotheer.

The substance behind these overdoses is highly risky and must be avoided.

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 CDC said a record 72,000 Americans died past year because of drug overdose - about 10 percent higher than previous figures.

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