More Than 70 Overdoses In New Haven Spark Drug Investigation

Aug 17, 2018, 02:40

At least 41 people reportedly overdosed at or near New Haven Green, a local park, between Tuesday and Wednesday, with some 25 overdoses occurring over a period of three hours Wednesday, CBS reports.

No deaths were reported, but authorities said two people showed life-threatening symptoms. As Fontana was talking to reporters late in the morning, the fire radio crackled with reports of two more people down on the green, and police, medics and firefighters ran or drove to aid the latest victims a few hundred yards away.

Most of the overdoses were on the New Haven Green, a historic downtown park near Yale University.

"The Police Department is aware of a high number of patients that were treated since last night, including as many as six now".

City officials said Thursday that police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel will staff a command post on the Green for the time being, and social workers and private health outreach workers will be on hand.

As of Wednesday evening, police have not identified the suspect.

"Any physical evidence and gathered intelligence, including patient testimony is considered when trying to track down and arrest those who deal illegal drugs in our city".

Another 5 people refused medical attention and were not in enough distress to be transported for treatment, he said.

More than a dozen people overdosed on synthetic marijuana at the same park July 4.

Emergency responders found people of a variety of ages suffering from a range of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and lethargy. In recent months, K2 has caused hundreds of people in about 10 states to be hospitalized, sometimes with severe bleeding. They are still awaiting toxicology tests to confirm the exact substance. Emergency responders rushed to one victim as officials were giving a news conference nearby on Wednesday morning. Lower doses administered at the scene had been ineffective. "And after about the sixth one", Alston said.

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

"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 Courant. The city also saw more than a dozen synthetic marijuana overdoses in late January. "It brought out Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven Police Department, Fire Department, AMR".

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