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Dozens overdose on synthetic marijuana in New Haven, Connecticut, authorities say

Dozens overdose on synthetic marijuana in New Haven, Connecticut, authorities say

Seventy-six people overdosed on synthetic marijuana, called K2, in a park across from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. on Wednesday, authorities said.

Numerous cases took place at the New Haven Green, a park near the university where a similar mass overdose took place on July 4.

Alston said that based on the evidence at the scene, the drug was suspected to be K2, a synthetic marijuana.

"Even while we were trying to return people to service, they were passing victims on the ground", Alston said.

An emergency medical technician for the New Haven Fire Department told the Register that he's never had such an abnormal day at work in the five years he's been there.

"The man was arrested within the last hour by members of the NHPD Intelligence Unit", police said in a release.

"Two individuals had life-threatening symptoms, and the others had non-life-threatening symptoms", he said. "It brought out Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven Police Department, Fire Department, AMR".

New Haven emergency personnel responded to overdose cases on the New Haven Green in CT on Wednesday.


Dozens of people suffering from apparent overdoses were transported to local hospitals from the New Haven Green, according to Rick Fontana, director of the city's Office of Emergency Operations.

NBC reported that the majority of the 76-plus overdoses took place on or near the Green.

Emergency responders spent several hours today working to treat the victims and transport them to the hospital. It said major causes of the increase in deaths was due to the growing number of people using opioids and that the drugs themselves were becoming more potent. "It is taking people out very quickly, people having respiratory failure", Police Chief Anthony Campbell asked WVIT to warn the public. Emergency responders rushed to one victim as officials were giving a news conference nearby on Wednesday morning.

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Some patients were treated multiple times, officials said.

A similar mass overdose occurred on New Haven Green just one month ago, on July 4, when more than a dozen people fell sick from synthetic marijuana. "We're eager to raise awareness at the highest levels of the federal government for a better sense of what happened and the challenges that urban centers face in terms of combatting a persistent, vexing presence of people with substance abuse disorder".

"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. No deaths have been reported.

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