At least 76 people overdose on K2 in New Haven, Connecticut

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 20, 2018

Police in CT executed search warrants and arrested three people on Thursday after 100 people allegedly overdosed on K2 this week in and around New Haven's historic village green next to Yale University.

Some of those who experienced overdoses fell unconscious, while others suffered nausea and vomiting, officials said.

Most of the overdoses were on the New Haven Green, a popular, historic downtown park that borders part of Yale University, and officials said they expected the overdose total to increase.

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.

A doctor at one hospital says some patients tested positive for fentanyl, but it appears most of the overdoses were caused by a potent batch of straight K2 synthetic marijuana, also known as Kush.

On Friday afternoon, New Haven police identified two of those arrested as 37-year-old Felix Melendez and 53-year-old John Parker. After responding to six reports, Alston said he realized it was a "multi-casualty" incident.

As for Melendez, police have not charged him in the green incident just yet, but they say he too was also arrested for selling K2 on the green, back in February.

Authorities found more than two dozen people suffering from apparent overdoses at the New Haven Green in New Haven, Connecticut, Aug. 15, 2018.

"We heard from people on the green this morning that it potentially included PCP", Emergency Medical Services Medical Director Sandy Bogucki told reporters Wednesday.

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. He said at first, the drug Nalaxone - used to treat narcotic overdoses - appeared not to work, but later took effect when higher doses were administered.

It has been blamed for other mass overdoses across the country.

A new report estimated a record 72,000 Americans died past year from drug overdoses, a rise of around 10 percent, the Centres for Disease Control said on Wednesday.

"DMHAS will provide for the city recovery coaches, training and dissemination of Narcan, as well as fund a street psychiatrist", Harp said.

In a warning last month signed by top federal officials, the Food and Drug Administration said synthetic marijuana has become particularly risky because some producers have been adding brodifacoum - a long-acting anticoagulant thought to extend the drug-induced "high".

"We've been trying to get the word out to make sure people understand please not to use this K2, it is clearly contaminated", he pleaded from the steps of City Hall.

Synthetic marijuana, called "spice" and other names, usually is plant material sprayed with chemicals or other substances that is sold in small, colorful packets.

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