At least 76 people overdose on K2 in New Haven, Connecticut

At least 76 people overdose on K2 in New Haven, Connecticut

"Testing done today in NY by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency confirms that samples of the substance that caused today's overdose cases on the New Haven Green are K-2, a potent, synthetic drug that induces marijuana-like effects", said Director of Communications for New Haven, Laurence Grotheer. "Don't put your life in harm". Some people were unconscious, others were semi-conscious. Officials responded to 19 additional reports of overdoses on Thursday, bringing the total to 95 cases, according to Rick Fontana, New Haven Emergency Operations Director.

After dozens of overdoses occurred, first responders set up a command post at the historic New Haven Green park in downtown.

At first, the drug Nalaxone - used to treat narcotic overdoses - appeared not to work.

A look at the scene of multiple overdoses in the area of a CT park on Wed., Aug. 15, 2018. 'However higher concentrations of it in the emergency room proved effective'.

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

Hartman said three people, who are considered "persons of interest" were arrested Wednesday in connection with the overdoses.

"He says one of the victims still had some of the drug, which has been sent off to a lab for testing".


"It is very hard to predict what the response is", Douglas says. No deaths have been reported.

In a warning last month signed by top federal officials, the Food and Drug Administration said synthetic marijuana has become particularly risky because some producers have been adding brodifacoum - a long-acting anticoagulant thought to extend the drug-induced "high".

Officials blamed K2 and said it can often be laced with risky or even lethal substances.

"The substance behind these overdoses is highly risky and must be avoided", Malloy said, adding that state public health officials had delivered 50 doses of Naloxone to New Haven to replenish the supply expended by first responders over the course of the 24-hour crisis.

The DEA and the State's Attorney's office are assisting in the investigation.

The overdoses follow a similar outbreak at the same park on July 4, when more than a dozen people were treated. "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". 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.

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