Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Nearly 80 overdose on synthetic pot in park near Yale

Nearly 80 overdose on synthetic pot in park near Yale

New Haven police said one person is in custody.

"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", Lt. Ernest Jones said. Hawk said some people got better with the help of naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug, while others didn't.

Fire Chief John Alston said, "People are self-medicating for several different reasons and every agency - police, fire, medical, hospitals - all are strained at this time". Although there have been no deaths, at least two people suffered life-threatening symptoms, according to authorities.

There have been no fatalities reported over the incident, but some of the individuals are in critical condition, officials say.

Authorities said 19 more people overdosed Thursday, and that the number could climb.

Officials have identified the two suspects arrested in connection to the recent K2 overdoses this past week.

Late Wednesday night, the scene at the New Haven Green began to "quiet down" as people emptied out of the park, Hartman, the officer, said.

Drug overdoses are at epidemic proportions around the nation. So far, there have been few scientific studies of the effects of synthetic cannabinoids on the human brain, but researchers do know that some of them bind more strongly than marijuana to the cell receptors affected by THC, and can produce much stronger effects. Investigators try to determine exactly what sickened them and tens of other victims.

"Do not come down to the Green and purchase this K2", New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell told WVIT-TV.

Dr Sandy Bogucki, the city's director of emergency medical services, said emergency responders were "sprinting from patient to patient in the park", the "New York Times" reported.

'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.

"People smoked it, ingested it in some way, went down very fast, nearly right in their tracks".

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. "We've heard some reports of people smoking things", he said, "but it's impossible to say with certainty if all victims received the same substance".

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state departments of Public Health and Mental Health and Addiction Services were helping New Haven officials.

A similar mass overdose occurred on New Haven Green just one month ago, on July 4, when more than a dozen people fell sick from synthetic marijuana.

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