80 People Affected by Mass Overdose of Synthetic Marijuana in Connecticut

Mass Overdose of Synthetic Marijuana in Connecticut Affects at Least 80 People in New Haven Green.

In scenes described as macabre and horrifying, an estimated 80 people overdosed in Connecticut near the Yale University campus after ingesting what authorities believe was synthetic marijuana laced with the fentanyl, known as K2.

According to the Associated Press, “Paramedics and police officers remained at the park all day as more people fell ill. Some became unconscious and others vomited, authorities said. Emergency responders rushed to one victim as officials were giving a news conference nearby late Wednesday morning.”

From Tuesday night through Wednesday evening, police, fire and emergency medical teams were responding to so many calls that New Haven Mayor, Toni Harp, set up an on-site command center in the historic Connecticut park, the New Haven Green, a venue for annual jazz and other music festivals.

As of Thursday Aug. 16, six new overdoses were reported.

Connecticut’s health department provided 50 doses of Narcan – an opioid overdose antidote - until they ran out of supplies over the course of 24 hours.

The K2 analysis was done by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which responded to assist local police investigating the cluster of overdoses, said Rick Fontana, New Haven’s emergency management director, in the Hartford Courant. Fontana called the situation the single largest concentration of overdose victims the department had ever experienced.

New Haven Fire Chief John Alston said drug overdoses in New Haven, as in other cities, are at epidemic proportions and that the city is in the grip of a public health crisis.

Carol Cruz, a drug counselor at a nearby rehabilitation center, went to the New Haven Green to see if she could help get some of the drug users into inpatient recovery. But, she noted that it is difficult to help K2 abusers because the drug is usually laced with other substances that may not be known.

“There is no playbook,” she said.

This is the second time there has been a mass overdose on the New Haven Green. On July 4, more than a dozen people overdosed on synthetic marijuana.

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Neon Joint
Neon Joint

This is an absolute tragedy - it's important that people are aware of the dangers of synthetic cannabis, which many know to be a false moniker as K2 and similar substances are known to be more dangerous and harmful that cannabis. Education is key here, as is policy change that addresses the realities of overdosing associated with these substances.

Ben James
Ben James

Just more horrible consequences attributable to the ridiculous nonsense of cannabis prohibition!

It's important to note that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA".

The totally inaccurate designation synthetic marijuana regarding products like "K2" or "Spice" is the product of prohibitionists deliberately mis-associating cannabis with a non related toxic substance.

The products featured is this article contain random plant material sprayed with intoxicating toxic chemicals designed to fly under legal drug testing radar. They are not, and never have been cannabis. These synthetic smokable intoxicants are more fruit of the poison tree of cannabis prohibition!

Legalize cannabis, and all this other toxic synthetic crud will go away in favor of pure nontoxic cannabis, regulated and taxed.

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