More than 30 people overdose at downtown CT park; synthetic pot suspected

A city official said more than a dozen people fell ill from suspected drug overdoses on the green and were taken to local hospitals

The overdoses were reported over a 24-hour period and investigators are trying to determine what exactly sickened the victims.

After dozens of overdoses occurred, first responders set up a command post at the historic New Haven Green park in downtown.

As of Wednesday evening, police have not identified the suspect.

He said authorities have been treating and sometimes transporting six or seven people at one time and the actions of first responders have been "lifesaving".

Campbell said New Haven provides an array of services to people addicted to drugs, many of whom come from other towns where such treatment programs aren't available.

New Haven police said one person is in custody.

The Courant said authorities had determined that patients had smoked the synthetic cannabinoid K-2 laced with fentanyl.

Fontana added that a commonly used anti-opioid-overdose drug did not seem to help when given in the park, although benefits were seen when it was given in a higher dose in the hospital.

Police said Wednesday afternoon that they had made an arrest in connection to the overdoses, WFSB reports.

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What is K2 or synthetic marijuana? He said that in addition to state charges, the suspects could also face federal charges. Several people have died because of complications. "We are doing our best to get people to the hospital in the safest, most practical and efficient manner". The demographics led officials to believe "somebody was giving these drugs out". This is in addition to the more than 70 that were reported between Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Initial tests from the Drug Enforcement Agency indicated that the victims had ingested pure K2, a synthetic drug marketed as similar to marijuana. "And after about the sixth one", Alston said. "We knew we were going to have multi-casualty incident".

New Haven Fire Chief John Alston Jr. said emergency crews were overwhelmed with "multiple" 911 calls about people who were experiencing overdose symptoms or were passed out on the New Haven Green just after 8 a.m. local time.

"We hope this is coming to an end, but it's too early to tell". About five of his friends from the city's green overdosed on Wednesday. Twenty minutes later, she tweeted again. "We're pretty beat up".

Lt. Ernest Jones, an EMT for the New Haven Fire Department, described the day to the New Haven Register as a "domino effect".

Alston said drug overdoses in New Haven, as in other cities, are at epidemic proportions and that the city is in the grip of a public health crisis.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy tweeted that the emergency in New Haven was "deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals". Doctors said some victims improved after being given the opioid overdose antidote drug naxolone, while others did not. "It's sad when you know statistically this is something that is happening to our entire nation, but when you see it first hand right where you live and where you work, it's a bad thing".

The New Haven Police Department is investigating the case. But he anxious that others may have taken the drug home with them.

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