Dozens Overdose In Connecticut Park On Tainted Synthetic Marijuana

A police officer speaks to a man at New Haven Green on Wednesday

The overdoses were concentrated on the New Haven Green but because it's now dark the incident is beginning to branch out to different parts of the city, where more people are being found, police said.

Authorities said 19 more people overdosed Thursday, and that the number could climb.

Officials said most of the overdoses happened on the New Haven Green throughout the day on Wednesday.

Police believe all the overdoses are from K-2, also known as synthetic marijuana.

More than 70 people in New Haven overdosed on what police believe was the synthetic marijuana drug "K2".

New Haven police, Campbell added, will remain a visible force in and round the village green, "to make sure anyone else that would think about filling the gap that has been opened up by the arrest of these three offenders would be deterred".

Officials said three people have been arrested in connection with the overdoses, including a man who may have been giving out free samples of K2.

Campbell told reporters one of the downsides of short-term effects of the drug is that numerous people treated at the hospital returned the the park for another high.

On Tuesday night, emergency crews responded to three overdoses in New Haven Green park. So far, there have been few scientific studies of the effects of synthetic cannabinoids on the human brain, but researchers do know that some of them bind more strongly than marijuana to the cell receptors affected by THC, and can produce much stronger effects. "We have no deaths reported".

Officials were testing the blood of the victims to see exactly what they ingested.

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

PEOPLE has contacted the New Haven Police Department for comment. At least 10 people overdosed more than once and were transported by ambulance several times, he said. "And after about the sixth one", Alston said.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy tweeted that the emergency in New Haven was "deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals".

Kenneth Driffin, who works with addicts and the homeless in New Haven, said he is planning a public forum on K2 and hoped to convince officials to attend.

"We want people to be warned that what they have could be extremely unsafe and they should not use it", he said.

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

The majority of this week's medical emergencies occurred at the green, Campbell said on Friday.

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