Dozens overdosed in one New Haven park Wednesday

Connecticut police arrest man in connection with more than 30 overdoses at New Haven Green

Connecticut police arrest man in connection with more than 30 overdoses at New Haven Green

Last year, more than 72,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses, up 6.6 percent from the prior year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

On Tuesday night, emergency crews responded to three overdoses in New Haven Green park.

No deaths were reported, but officials on Wednesday said two people had suffered life-threatening symptoms.

One arrest has been made in connection with the overdoses.

"After 8:00 [a.m. Wednesday] we ended up with 12 victims in a 40-minute period".

Lt. Ernest Jones, an EMT for the New Haven Fire Department, described the day to the New Haven Register as a "domino effect". "We also have representatives with the DEA here". In May, more than 50 people in Brooklyn, New York, overdosed on K2, none fatally.

Some victims were found unconscious, while others were nauseous or lethargic.

One patient didn't respond to Naloxone - a drug used to treat narcotic overdoses in emergency situations, and is "very sick", according to Rick Fontana, the city's director of the Office of Emergency Operations.

"Do not come down to the Green and purchase this K2", New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell told WVIT-TV. Most were taken to the hospital, except for four people who refused treatment. "Don't put your life in harm".

Paramedics and police were stationed at the New Haven Green all day as more and more people showed signs of overdosing, according to WABC-TV in NY, which added that some users fell unconscious while others vomited. Emergency responders rushed to one victim as officials were giving a news conference nearby on Wednesday morning. "Let's address it that way", he said.

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. 'However higher concentrations of it in the emergency room proved effective'.

"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, we'd see another immediately fall down, right there", Jones said.

K2 is a synthetic cannabinoid related to marijuana that is frequently laced with other drugs, said Dr.

New Haven Green is a large park and recreation area in the city's downtown. The additives boost the high, but can create a risky, sometimes deadly cocktail.

Numerous overdoses occurred on or near the New Haven Green, a large downtown park, and could be linked to "K2" synthetic marijuana that was laced with another drug, New Haven Fire Chief John Alston told reporters at a news conference Wednesday.

Passersby watch in horror as first responders race to treat dozens of people sickened by synthetic marijuana in CT.

No deaths have been reported, and officials said most patients have been discharged from hospitals.