Dozens Hospitalized In Mass Overdose At Connecticut Park

At least 71 people have overdosed from synthetic marijuana in CT with at least 52 of them at or near a CT city park, authorities said late Wednesday. The testing also showed that there were no additives in the K2.

In all, more than 40 individuals had overdosed. They were transported to area hospitals including Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of Saint Raphael.

"This is yet another indicator that we need better resources for drug treatment, prevention and enforcement", he said.

"The substance behind these overdoses is highly risky and must be avoided", Malloy said, adding that state public health officials had delivered 50 doses of Naloxone to New Haven to replenish the supply expended by first responders over the course of the 24-hour crisis.

On Wednesday afternoon, police said they made three arrests in connection to at least some of the overdoses. Their identities have not yet been released.

"Even while we were trying to return people to service, they were passing victims on the ground", Fire Chief John Alston told reporters.

EMS 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 to CBS News.

She said toxicology tests will help investigators learn more about the nature of the drug.

Police and fire officials said the K2 was potentially laced with some type of opioid. In some cases, patients improved after receiving high doses of the drug naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses, the Houston Chronicle reports. Their current condition is unknown, but most of the overdoses and illnesses were non-life threatening.

At first, the drug Nalaxone - used to treat narcotic overdoses - appeared not to work.

Eighteen people collapsed on Wednesday morning within a span of three-and-a-half hours, officials said.

"I couldn't get off the bus stop, the bench for like an hour and I just took a little hit, like a cigarette, it's that powerful", said Rich Coover.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Synthetic marijuana is plant material sprayed with chemicals that has been blamed for overdoses nationwide.

"This was a particularly odd, rare occasion where (there was) call after call for man down, obviously with symptoms of some kind of overdose, and at the time of getting that patient packaged and transported to the hospital, Wednesday see another immediately fall down, right there", Jones said. "They're saying we're hitting them with Narcan, but if there is no fentanyl, no opiates in there, it's not going to save people", said Carol Cruz, a certified recovery coach. The substance behind these overdoses is highly risky and must be avoided.

Today New Haven was on the front lines of a coast-to-coast struggle to combat the public health menace of illicit distribution and use of what appear to be tainted street drugs.

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