Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Arrest made in more than 100 synthetic pot overdoses in park

Arrest made in more than 100 synthetic pot overdoses in park

In the city of new haven in the us state of CT in one day with drug overdose hospitalized 71.

One overdose patient was brought to the hospital, released after being treated and went back to the Green and overdosed again, Alston said. Felix Melendez, 37, was charged with drug crimes during the investigation, but Campbell said it hadn't been determined whether he was connected to the overdoses.

Some of the victims identified John Parker of New Haven as one of the people who was dealing K2 on the New Haven Green, where most of the overdoses occurred Wednesday and Thursday, Police Chief Anthony Campbell said. Home to a historic burial ground, the park gets lots of foot traffic and is family-friendly with "elm trees, lawn and fountains". Others became nauseated and vomited, officials said. Campbell said there were no calls so far Friday.

"It's not unusual to see a large group of people overdosing, but not at this alarming rate", Hartman said. All of those overdoses were in the area of the New Haven Green, said Rick Fontana, the city's director of emergency operations.

The arrests do not mean all of the toxic K2 has been located, Campbell said. He wanted citizens who had purchased drugs to be aware. He said crews were transporting people more quickly than usual "just to turn the cars around and get them back out".


Authorities say they are unsure as to where the drugs came from, he said. There is now an investigation to determine the original source of the K2.

K2 can be smoked, vaped, eaten or even drank as tea.

As such, "K2/Spice products are clearly not safe marijuana alternatives", the researchers said. That wide range is because the drugs that are used change from batch to batch.

Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids rose sharply, while fatalities from heroin, prescription opioid pills and methadone fell, according to the C.D.C. estimates.

During three days in July 2016, at least 130 people across New York City were hospitalized after overdosing on K2, with at least 33 people becoming sick in a neighborhood along the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick. Two years ago, a fentanyl-laced drug was linked to two deaths and 16 overdoses in New Haven.

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