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Dozens Hospitalized In Mass Overdose At Connecticut Park

Dozens Hospitalized In Mass Overdose At Connecticut Park

The slew of overdoses comes as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a preliminary report on Wednesday on the record number of American drug deaths. "It is taking people out very quickly, people having respiratory failure".

"And after about the sixth one", Alston said. So far, there have been few scientific studies of the effects of synthetic cannabinoids on the human brain, but researchers do know that some of them bind more strongly than marijuana to the cell receptors affected by THC, and can produce much stronger effects.

Officials said the patients were "all different ages" and that anti-overdose drugs given to some victims did not work.

K2 caused multiple overdoses in New Haven in February when five people overdosed on the drug within two hours, resulting in one death.

A "mass overdose" appears to have taken place in a CT park today (Aug. 15), according to news reports. "Whatever they're putting in it, people are dropping", Driffin told The New Haven Independent.

All of those overdoses were in the area of the New Haven Green, said Rick Fontana, the city's director of emergency operations.

There have been mixed reports regarding the possibility that the drugs may have been laced with an opioid.

Police Chief Anthony Campbell said one of three people arrested in connection with the overdoses apparently gave K2 away for free in an effort to get people hooked.

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What do the police say?

"We're getting another call", Alston told reporters, some of whom began chasing after medical workers as they rushed to treat the affected person.

71 people suffering from apparent overdoses were transported to local hospitals from the New Haven Green, according Dave Hartman with New Haven Police.

New Haven Fire Chief John Alston Jr. said emergency crews were overwhelmed with "multiple" 911 calls about people who were experiencing overdose symptoms or were passed out on the New Haven Green just after 8 a.m. local time.

In October, Donald Trump labelled America's opioid epidemic a "public health emergency", giving officials extra powers to tackle the crisis. "It's sad when you know statistically this is something that is happening to our entire nation, but when you see it first hand right where you live and where you work, it's a bad thing".

Authorities believe the drug that caused the overdoses is K-2, a synthetic marijuana.

The state Senate Republican leader, Len Fasano, of North Haven, criticized New Haven officials on Thursday for not addressing drug use on the Green - a claim the mayor disputed.