76 overdoses reported in New Haven; 1 person arrested

Connecticut police arrest man in connection with more than 30 overdoses at New Haven Green

Connecticut police arrest man in connection with more than 30 overdoses at New Haven Green

People are saying 46 people overdosed Wednesday from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana at or near a city park in CT.

He said there were a dozen overdoses in 40 minutes on the green on Wednesday morning. Three of them happened Tuesday night.

Alston said it's unclear what was the cause of the overdoses, but officials suspect it may have been synthetic cannabinoids, known as K2, that were likely laced with other substances.

Officials said the blood of Wednesday's victims was being tested to see what exactly they ingested. "That caused us to respond with a multi-casualty incident", New Haven Fire Chief John Alston said.

Police did not immediately release the name of the man who was arrested, saying they were waiting for victims to positively identify him.

No deaths have been reported, but two individuals had severe symptoms.

The Green, which attracts homeless people and drug users throughout the year, as The New York Post reported, is located in downtown New Haven to the south and west of the Ivy League Yale University.

CT police have made multiple arrests in connection with 76 overdose cases at a New Haven park.

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Some individuals were unconscious; others were vomiting or exhibiting other overdose symptoms.

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.

At least 76 people overdosed on K2 in a New Haven city park over a 24-hour period.

Emergency responders spent several hours today working to treat the victims and transport them to the hospital. He said that in addition to state charges, the suspects could also face federal charges. "It is taking people out very quickly, people having respiratory failure", Police Chief Anthony Campbell asked WVIT to warn the public. "Some of the reactions of the patients in the emergency department would suggest that there was an opioid involved as well", Bogucki told reporters during a news conference Wednesday.

"We heard from people on the green this morning that it potentially included PCP".

The DEA is teaming up with New Haven police into investigating the overdoses.

A drug dealer has been arrested after 76 people overdosed in the space of 24 hours in CT, as national figures showed drug-related deaths had hit a record high. The additives boost the high, but can create a unsafe, sometimes deadly cocktail. The city also saw multiple synthetic cannabis overdoses in late January.

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.

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