Monday, 24 September, 2018

Crews called to almost 100 overdoses in New Haven in 36 hours

Connecticut police arrest man in connection with more than 30 overdoses at New Haven Green Man arrested after overdoses at Connecticut park
Samantha Long | 20 August, 2018, 00:56

More than 30 people overdosed Wednesday from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana at or near a city park in CT.

Some of those who experienced overdoses fell unconscious, while others suffered nausea and vomiting, officials said.

Police Chief Anthony Campbell said increased patrols were swarming the green in the shadow of Yale University, where drug users began dropping Tuesday.

Authorities suspect synthetic cannabinoids, known as K2, were laced with other substances in the New Haven cases, ABC reported.

No deaths have been reported thus far, but three people remain in critical condition in a local hospital, according to FOX 61, the local FOX affiliate in Hartford.

New Haven Police have arrested three people in connection with the case, and the investigation is now ongoing, New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said in a press conference.

In some cases, patients who were hospitalized later returned to the Green and had to be treated a second time, New Haven Police Officer David Hartman told WTIC.

WVIT reports that the man arrested "is believed connected to at least some of the overdoses" and "had drugs on him at the time of his arrest, [but] has yet to be charged in any of the overdose cases".

Police said they arrested a person of interest in connection with the mass overdose.

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No one has died, but police said six people came close.

'New Haven is a place where we really are trying to help people, ' Campbell said.

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. By Wednesday morning, there were reports of overdose from three other locations in the city, including Fairhaven and Westville.

Over 40 individuals had overdosed in a CT park in U.S. on a drug suspected of being laced with an opioid.

No overdoses were reported on Friday.

On Thursday morning, fire and emergency crews responded to an area right across from City Hall, working feverishly to bring patients back. 'Narcan was not effective here at the scene, ' said Alston.

Lt. Ernest Jones, an EMT for the New Haven Fire Department, described the day to the New Haven Register as a "domino effect". "The substance behind these overdoses is highly risky and must be avoided".

Officials said what happened over the past week was something with which the city has never dealt. "We want people to be warned that what they have could be extremely risky".

A similar, but smaller overdose incident, played out on the Green on July 4, when more than a dozen people became sick from synthetic marijuana, according to the Associated Press.

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