Mass Overdose Leaves Connecticut Park Strewn with Dozens of Drugged-Out Victims

Their symptoms included vomiting, hallucinations, high blood pressure, shallow breathing and unconsciousness, ABC News reported.

"Yesterday was extremely, extremely busy, something we haven't seen in quite some time, a lot of people dropping all at the same time", Fontana said.

Authorities in CT arrested a 34-year-old man after more than 30 people were found suffering overdose symptoms at or near the New Haven Green.

Authorities found more than two dozen people suffering from apparent overdoses at the New Haven Green in New Haven, Connecticut, Aug. 15, 2018. No deaths were reported in either outbreak. One person had to be transported three times over the course of the day, he said.

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. He said the Green has become "a place of despair" and "no longer an attraction for families or economic development". City officials in New Haven said the 37-year-old alleged dealer, who was on parole, was suspected of handing out free samples of a drug which contained powerful synthetic cannabinoids.

Connecticut Public Radio's Diane Orson reports that at least one person has been arrested in connection with the case. The identities of those people weren't immediately released.

What is K2 or synthetic marijuana? Several people have died because of complications.

There have been mixed reports regarding the possibility that the drugs may have been laced with an opioid.

The mass overdose came as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released provisional figures showing 70,689 people died from drug abuse previous year.

New Haven police said they expect to release more information about their investigation on Thursday. Three more overdoses were reported at the Green Tuesday night, but officials could not confirm whether they were related.

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The number of overdose victims linked to a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Conn., as officials try to determine exactly what sickened people.

As reports of overdoses began mounting, multiple fire department units responded. 'Narcan was not effective here at the scene, ' said Alston.

"Do not come down to the Green and purchase this K2", city Police Chief Anthony Campbell said. In May, for example, 25 people were hospitalized in one area of Brooklyn, New York, after having negative reactions to what was believed to be K2, police said.

Emergency responders treated most of the victims with naloxone, which reverses the effects of the drug. "We're pretty beat up".

"Today's emergency is deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals", the Democratic governor said in a statement.

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

Synthetic cannabinoids can be smoked or vaporized in e-cigarettes, and range in price from mildly affordable to cheap.

Police are still waiting for toxicology results, but believe the victims had been using synthetic marijuana - also known as K2.

Most of the overdoses occurred on the New Haven Green, a downtown park adjacent to Yale. "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 awful thing".

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