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Connecticut authorities: Over 47 people overdose from synthetic marijuana in one day

August 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Connecticut authorities: Over 47 people overdose from synthetic marijuana in one day

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Connecticut authorities: Over 47 people overdose from synthetic marijuana in one day

Authorities in Connecticut say at least 47 people overdosed Wednesday from suspected synthetic marijuana.

New Haven Police officials reported throughout the day that a majority of the overdoses occurred at or near the New Haven Green park near the campus of Yale University.

Although authorities said most of the victims consumed K2 synthetic marijuana, officials are awaiting toxicology test results to confirm the source of the overdoses, CBS News reported.

Rick Fontana, the city’s director of emergency operations said 25 of the overdoses occurred over a three-hour span and that some took place “in multiples of 4-6 at a time.” All of those overdoses were in the area of the New Haven Green, said

None of the synthetic marijuana overdoes were fatal.

Fontana said the city’s 911 center started receiving calls just after 8 a.m. about possible overdoses at the park. Responding personnel found individuals suffering from “a multitude of signs and symptoms ranging from vomiting, hallucinating, high blood pressure, shallow breathing, semi-conscious and unconscious states,” he said in an email.

“Two individuals had life-threatening symptoms, and the others had non-life-threatening symptoms,” he said.

The Office of Emergency Management in New Haven was still fielding calls and indicated that the number of victims could rise.

Sandy Bogucki, EMS medical director in New Haven, said they heard from people on the green Wednesday morning that whatever was consumed “potentially” contained PCP and that some of the reactions of the patients in the emergency department suggest an opioid was involved.

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

Police said they arrested a man believed to be connected to at least some of the overdoses.

The suspect’s name wasn’t immediately released.

ABC News reports that the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is involved with the investigation.

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