Dozens overdose in CT park as USA opioid crisis worsens

One man has been arrested after more than 70 people overdosed in a CT park in just one day from a bad batch of K2 synthetic marijuana.

More than 70 people have overdosed in or around a historic CT park near the Yale University campus after receiving what authorities believe was synthetic marijuana laced with the powerful opioid fentanyl.

First responders scrambled all day Wednesday to handle almost 80 overdoses caused by what officials believe to be synthetic marijuana, which is commonly called K2.

No deaths were reported, but officials on Wednesday said two people had suffered life-threatening symptoms.

The overdoses follow a similar outbreak at the same park on July 4, when more than a dozen people were treated. Their symptoms included vomiting, hallucinations, high blood pressure, shallow breathing and unconsciousness, ABC News reported. Police said Wednesday afternoon that they had made an arrest in connection to the overdoses, WFSB reports.

"We heard from people on the Green this morning that it could potentially be laced with PCP and some of the reactions of the patients in the emergency department would suggest it was an opioid involved as well", Bogucki said.

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When the number was at 30 overdoses, the police chief told WVIT to warn residents: "Do not come down to the Green and purchase this K2".

The fire department gave the affected individuals naloxone, a drug used to treat narcotic overdoses in emergencies, but those doses were reportedly ineffective. "He's out cold", an unidentified bystander shouted, according to the New Haven Register. The patients were taken to area hospitals for overdose-related respiratory illnesses, Officer David Hartman said. "Don't put your life in harm". 'Narcan was not effective here at the scene, ' said Alston.

At one point Wednesday shouts interrupted a news conference with the fire chief to alert authorities to another overdose. Local officials said it was unlike anything they had seen before. The additives boost the high, but can create a unsafe, sometimes deadly cocktail.

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. The city also saw more than a dozen synthetic marijuana overdoses in late January.

The incident comes in the wake of a new report that found a record 72,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2017. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC said a record 72,000 Americans died past year because of drug overdose - about 10 percent higher than previous figures.

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