Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill from drug giveaway


Local News

August 18, 2018 - 4:00 AM

A New Haven police officer places an apparent K2 synthetic marajuana cigarette into an evidence bag after responding to a couple who passed out on a bench across the street from City Hall on the New Haven Green Thursday morning.

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people’s homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital.

Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to the New Haven Green, where most of the overdoses happened Wednesday. Authorities described a chaotic scene where people were dropping to the ground unconscious, others vomiting and some becoming lethargic.

Officials said 76 people overdosed Wednesday and 17 more fell ill Thursday. Officials weren’t certain whether Thursday’s overdoses involved the same batch of “K2” synthetic marijuana. No deaths were reported, and most of those brought to local hospitals have been discharged.

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