CT police have made an arrest in connection with more than three dozen overdose cases at a New Haven park.
Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to the New Haven Green, where most of the overdoses happened Wednesday. Some of the New Haven victims tested positive for the powerful opioid fentanyl, also blamed for overdoses, but authorities believe this week's overdoses were caused exclusively by synthetic marijuana.
He says one of the victims still had some of the drug, which was sent off to a lab for testing.
Police said they arrested 37-year-old Felix Melendez, who was out on parole prior to his arrest, according to the Register; he's believed to be connected to at least some of the overdoses in the park.
No deaths were reported, but officials on Wednesday said two people had suffered life-threatening symptoms. The majority of cases are centered on the New Haven Green.
New Haven emergency personnel responded to overdose cases on the New Haven Green in CT on Wednesday.
Alston said some people were unconscious and in respiratory distress, and others were vomiting.
On Thursday morning, New Haven Director of Emergency Management Rick Fontana told WTNH-TV that a K2 sample it tested was negative for the presence of fentanyl.
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NBC reported that the majority of the 76-plus overdoses took place on or near the Green.
First responders said the supply of K2 is quick acting.
A drug dealer has been arrested after 76 people overdosed in the space of 24 hours in CT, as national figures showed drug-related deaths had hit a record high.
One crew of emergency responders treated nine victims within one hour, Alston told reporters.
New Haven police said one person is in custody.
"We heard from people on the green this morning that it potentially included PCP". "The substance behind these overdoses is highly unsafe and must be avoided".
A similar, but smaller overdose incident, played out on the Green on July 4, when more than a dozen people became sick from synthetic marijuana, according to the Associated Press.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy tweeted that the emergency in New Haven was "deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals".
EMTs administered Naloxone, an antidote for narcotic overdoses, to some victims but it didn't appear to be effective. The city also saw more than a dozen synthetic marijuana overdoses in late January. "We have no deaths reported".