More Than 100 Syntheic Pot Overdoses Lead To Arrest In Connecticut

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Police in the CT city of New Haven have arrested one man in connection with a spate of synthetic marijuana overdoses that sickened scores of people at a park this week.

New Haven emergency personnel respond to overdose cases on the New Haven Green in CT on August 15, 2018.

The synthetic drug K2 is suspect to be the reason for these overdoses. So far, no deaths have been reported, although some had life-threatening symptoms.

The CDC reported that between 2015 and 2016, the rate of drug overdose deaths in the USA involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl had doubled.

Local and federal authorities also arrested two other men but are still investigating whether they played any roles in the overdoses.

Police Chief Anthony Campbell was quick to warn that, even with the arrests, there could potentially be more in circulation and cautioned people not to use it.

A similar incident occurred on July 4 when more than a dozen people in the same park were treated for sicknesses related to synthetic marijuana, The Associated Press reported.

"Throughout the day [Wednesday] it was extremely busy, we had six or seven people at the same time, kind of put a little bit of stress, not only on emergency services personnel, EMS personnel, but throughout the entire city", said Rick Fontana, New Haven Office of Emergency Operations.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. The number of overdose victims linked to a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Connecticut, as officials try to determine exactly what sickened people. According to New Haven mayoral spokesperson Laurence Grotheer, some of the victims during the week were suffering from heatstroke rather than a drug overdose.

Synthetic marijuana typical consists of plant material sprayed with chemicals or other substances sold in small, colorful packets.

No additional overdoses were reported Friday. It has been blamed for overdoses globally.

Alston said drug overdoses in New Haven, as in other cities, are at epidemic proportions and that the city is in the grip of a public health crisis.

PEOPLE has contacted the New Haven Police Department for comment. "The substance behind these overdoses is highly risky and must be avoided".

Officials said Wednesday's response was a tremendous drain on the fire department.

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.

One crew of emergency responders treated nine victims within one hour, Alston told reporters. He said the Green has become "a place of despair" and "no longer an attraction for families or economic development".