Dozens Overdose In Connecticut Park On Tainted Synthetic Marijuana


Though they did say not all of those calls were overdoses.

He quickly helped coordinate the response, and then returned to the microphone.

The number of people who overdosed on what cops believe was a powerful batch of synthetic marijuana neared 90 on Thursday, as people continued collapsing on the historic New Haven Green.

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

"This was a particularly odd, rare occasion where (there was) call after call for man down, obviously with symptoms of some kind of overdose, and at the time of getting that patient packaged and transported to the hospital, we'd see another immediately fall down, right there", said Lt. Ernest Jones, an emergency medical technician for the New Haven Fire Department in a statement to Fox News.

There have been no deaths from the spate of overdoses.

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A recently published report estimated a record 72,000 Americans died past year from drug overdoses, a rise of around 10pc, the Centres for Disease Control said on Wednesday.

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

Mayor Toni Harp said in a morning press conference with other city officials that recovery specialists will be stationed on the New Haven Green 12-15 hours per day.

Fire, police, and EMS personnel have said they will continue to staff a command post on the New Haven Green in case of further overdoses. CNN has reached out to the DEA for more information.

K2, however, is a synthetic substance that attempts to mimic marijuana. That wide range is due to the fact that the drugs used change from batch to batch. In recent months, K2 has caused hundreds of people in about 10 states to be hospitalized, sometimes with severe bleeding.

Authorities say at least 71 people in CT overdosed after smoking synthetic marijuana laced with what they believe was a powerful opioid.

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Some patients treated at the Green did not initially respond to Naloxone, and needed a higher concentration of the overdose reversal drug once they arrived at hospitals, Bogucki said.

A look at the scene of multiple overdoses in the area of a CT park on Wed., Aug. 15, 2018.

"It's a nationwide problem", New Haven Fire Chief John Alston, Jr. said in reference to the increase of reported addiction.

"This is a problem that's not going away". Some people were unconscious, others were semi-conscious.

No deaths were reported, but officials on Wednesday said two people had suffered life-threatening symptoms. Some individuals who were released from the hospital needed to be treated a second time for an additional apparent overdose, Fontana said.

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