New Haven police make arrest after dozens of overdoses

Police have arrested three people suspected of being responsible for an overdose outbreak at a New Haven, Connecticut park. So far, no deaths have been reported, although some had life-threatening symptoms.

The Rev. Luk De Volder, rector of the historic Trinity Church on the Green, told the paper there were ambulances on the Green on Monday night as well. "We are doing our best to get people to the hospital in the safest, most practical and efficient manner".

The majority of people overdosed on suspected synthetic marijuana at the CT city park and another two people nearby fell ill with similar symptoms around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, officials said.

"The Police Department is aware of a high number of patients that were treated since last night, including as many as six now".

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

Authorities said most of the New Haven patients responded to high doses of Narcan given at the hospital and they were released.

In New Haven, the patients transported to the hospital included people of various ages and demographics, Chief Alston said.

A similar incident occurred on July 4, when more than a dozen people in the same park were treated for sicknesses related to synthetic marijuana, The Associated Press reported. There were so many overdoses - people passed out, vomiting, convulsing - that emergency workers could hardly sprint fast enough to keep up.

A number of people were also found in semi-conscious and unconscious states.

On Thursday morning, New Haven Director of Emergency Management Rick Fontana told WTNH-TV that a K2 sample it tested was negative for the presence of fentanyl.

"Do not come down to the Green and purchase this K2", city Police Chief Anthony Campbell said.

New Haven police said they'll provide more details during a news conference at 1 p.m. Stream it here.

'It is taking people out very quickly, people having respiratory failure. "Don't put your life in harm". "Let's address it that way", he said.

"He says one of the victims still had some of the drug, which has been sent off to a lab for testing". A city official said more than a dozen people fell ill from suspected drug overdoses on the green and were taken to local hospitals. The city also saw multiple synthetic cannabis overdoses in late January.

In a warning last month signed by top federal officials, the Food and Drug Administration said synthetic marijuana has become particularly risky because some producers have been adding brodifacoum - a long-acting anticoagulant thought to extend the drug-induced "high".

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