Overdose total hits 76 in CT park near Yale

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The overdoses came as a dire new report from the Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday showed that drug overdoses killed around 72,000 people in the U.S.in 2017, a record-breaking rise of about 10 percent. "We want people to be warned that what they have could be extremely risky".

No deaths were reported, but at least two people suffered life-threatening symptoms. Police say he was previously arrested for selling drugs on the green. They have not released the identity of the third man. That's a plus for me.

"I think overall with the K2, everyone's using it nationally".

Testing from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration revealed that the drug in question is K2.

Cops and EMTs at first thought the synthetic weed had been tainted by the powerful opioid fentanyl - but victims did not respond when given Narcan, which revives people who overdosed on opioids.

A few more were reported late Thursday morning.

Fontana said New Haven is a hub for shelter services with many over the course of each year from across the state seeking beds, meals and treatment. Campbell said there were no calls so far Friday.

NBC reported that the majority of the 76-plus overdoses took place on or near the Green.

"It's a nationwide problem", Alston said of drug overdoses.

"The substance behind these overdoses is highly risky and must be avoided".

"Today's emergency is deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals", Malloy said, according to the Hartford Courant. "The substance behind these overdoses is highly unsafe and must be avoided".

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Hawk said the people who tested positive may have taken other drugs laced with fentanyl in addition to the synthetic marijuana, which is plant material sprayed with drugs and chemicals.

He said this was the single largest concentration of overdose victims that the department had experienced.

Proponents of legalizing the substance cite studies that link marijuana usage with less harm compared to alcohol, and point to the difficulty of overdosing on the drug through normal usage.

Police believe all the overdoses are from K-2, also known as synthetic marijuana.

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

"Today, we're joining together to send a strong warning to anyone who may use synthetic marijuana products that these products can be especially unsafe as a result of the seemingly deliberate use of brodifacoum in these illegal products", the officials said. The additives boost the high, but can create a unsafe, sometimes deadly cocktail. Alston said many contend with mental health issues, making the drug abuse a medical issue in addition to a legal one. About five of his friends from the city's green overdosed on Wednesday. Local officials said it was unlike anything they had seen before. He said there were a dozen overdoses in 40 minutes on the green on Wednesday morning.

Signs of overdose include cases where the person will not wake up, has blue lips or fingernails, clammy and cool skin, shallow and slow breathing, seizures or convulsions or no response to knuckles being rubbed hard on a breastbone.

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

The DPH provided 50 doses of naloxone as the city of New Haven ran out of their supplies over the course of 24 hours.

"There is no playbook", she said.

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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