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

Synthetic marijuana overdose total hits 76 in CT park near Yale

Synthetic marijuana overdose total hits 76 in CT park near Yale

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".

No deaths were reported, but at least two people suffered life-threatening symptoms.

Police have arrested a man who they say may have passed out free samples of synthetic marijuana. What made the Yale park overdose so bad was the way people got obtained the K2. The agency forecast that the final... Vomiting and hallucinating drug users dropped like flies throughout the day as emergency crews raced to the New Haven Green to save lives.

New Haven police said they expect to release more information about their investigation on Thursday.

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.

Authorities say at least 71 people in CT overdosed after smoking synthetic marijuana laced with what they believe was a powerful opioid. "Emergency responders rushed to one victim as officials were giving a news conference nearby late Wednesday morning".

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


Authorities arrested Felix Melendez, 37, in connection to the suspected overdoses. A public defender said there was no proof linking any drugs Parker may have had to the overdoses. The patients were taken to area hospitals for overdose-related respiratory illnesses, Officer David Hartman said.

Mayor Toni Harp said plans were being finalized for Jim Carroll, President Trump's nominee for drug czar, to visit New Haven on Monday.

Victims were given several doses of naloxone, an antidoe for narcotic overdoses, both on the scene and at the hospital. "We have no deaths 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", Malloy said.

Synthetic cannabinoids are often laced with other drugs, such as opioids, officials said.

Authorities found more than two dozen people suffering from apparent overdoses at the New Haven Green in New Haven, Connecticut, Aug. 15, 2018.

Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, contains man-made chemicals that act on the same cell receptors in the brain as THC does in natural marijuana.

'This is happening nationwide, ' Harp said.

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