At Least Two Dozen People Overdosed in a Connecticut Park Today

Pearl Mccarthy
August 17, 2018

A man has been arrested in the USA after more than 40 people overdosed in a CT park on a drug suspected of being laced with an opioid, police say.

Officials say most of the overdoses happened on the New Haven Green throughout the day Wednesday. Police are searching for two suspects after more than two dozen people have fallen sick, he said.

Police did not immediately release the name of the man who was arrested, saying they were waiting for victims to positively identify him. Three more overdoses were reported at the Green Tuesday night, but officials could not confirm whether they were related.

A total of 71 people were rushed to various hospitals suffering from apparent overdoses. Their symptoms included vomiting, hallucinations, high blood pressure, shallow breathing and unconsciousness, ABC News reported. In recent months, K2 has caused hundreds of people in about 10 states to be hospitalized, sometimes with severe bleeding.

A suspect is in custody after over 40 individuals overdosed in a CT park on a drug suspected of being laced with an opioid, police say.

They said the person was "intentionally distributing to this product to our homeless population".

At one point Wednesday shouts interrupted a news conference with the fire chief to alert authorities to another overdose.

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Footage shot by NBC showed emergency services swarming the area as they treated various people passed out on the ground.

The city mounted a mass-casualty response, including fire, police, ambulances, emergency management, city health department and Yale-New Haven Hospital personnel, said Rick Fontana, emergency management director.

Paramedics and police were stationed at the New Haven Green all day as more and more people showed signs of overdosing, according to WABC-TV in NY, which added that some users fell unconscious while others vomited. The DEA also says there were no additives in the K2. "Don't put your life in harm".

But city officials said initial testing found no opioids in the K2 it tested.

They believe the marijuana may have been laced with an opiate or fentanyl.

Hawk said the people who tested positive may have taken other drugs laced with fentanyl in addition to the synthetic marijuana, which is plant material sprayed with drugs and chemicals.

"Today New Haven was on the front lines of a coast-to-coast struggle to combat the public health menace of illicit distribution and use of what appear to be tainted street drugs", said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp in a statement. The city also saw multiple synthetic cannabis overdoses in late January.

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