Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Dozens of K2 overdoses rock CT city

Dozens of K2 overdoses rock CT city

The AP reports, "Paramedics and police officers remained at the park all day as more people fell ill".

The DEA continues to assist the New Haven police with the arrests, and into the investigation on how the mass-overdose happened.

Drug Enforcement Administration test results confirmed that samples of the drug were unadulterated K2, according to Laurence Grotheer, spoksperson for New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

No one has died, but police said six people came close. "The effects did not last long, and they were able to discharged in most cases from the hospital fairly soon, which meant they were able to go back the green to seek another high".

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The overdoses were initially feared to stem from a batch of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, possibly laced with an opioid. He said the city had among the most shelter beds of any municipality in the state, spending about $1.3 million a year on beds and staff.

Forty-six people overdosed Wednesday at or near a CT park from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana, requiring paramedics to be stationed there to provide treatment, authorities said.

Officer David Hartman was quoted by the newspaper as saying the patients were being treated for overdose-related respiratory illnesses.

In New Haven, Fire Chief John Alston Jr told reporters the opiate problem is a far-reaching one. Since it exploded on the scene starting in 2015, the drug has been blamed for mass overdoses across the country. "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. "The substance behind these overdoses is highly risky and must be avoided". Though they did say not all of those calls were overdoses.

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He said this was the single largest concentration of overdose victims that the department had experienced. "Frequently, it's laced with other things", says Sandy Bogucki, EMS medical director.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said Wednesday that the state Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services were assisting New Haven with the rash of overdoses. First responders arrived around 10 a.m.

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.

First responders said the supply of K2 is quick acting.

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An official in the city said earlier there were a total of 25 overdoses over a three-hour span and that some overdoses were "in multiples of 4-6 at a time".

Two former addicts said nearly any drug can be sprayed on K2, or even dribbled out of eye droppers.

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