Overdose total hits 76 in New Haven; probe continues
- Author: Santos West Aug 17, 2018,
Aug 17, 2018, 2:41
Authorities say more than 30 people have overdosed from suspected synthetic marijuana at or near a CT city park. No deaths were reported, and most people brought to hospitals have been discharged, officials said.
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're getting another call of a person", Alston said.
Officials have arrested a 37-year-old man, Felix Melendez, in connection with the overdoses, according to the New Haven Register.
"The Police Department is aware of a high number of patients that were treated since last night, including as many as six now".
Fontana added that a commonly used anti-opioid-overdose drug did not seem to help when given in the park, although benefits were seen when it was given in a higher dose in the hospital.
Another 5 people refused medical attention and were not in enough distress to be transported for treatment, he said.
The overdoses follow a similar outbreak at the same park on July 4, when more than a dozen people were treated.
Emergency responders found people of a variety of ages suffering from a range of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and lethargy. It said major causes of the increase in deaths was due to the growing number of people using opioids and that the drugs themselves were becoming more potent.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state departments of Public Health and Mental Health and Addiction Services were helping New Haven officials.
"Do not come down to the Green and purchase this K2", city Police Chief Anthony Campbell said.
Victims were given several doses of naloxone, an antidoe for narcotic overdoses, both on the scene and at the hospital.
Emergency responders were forced to cut a press conference short in the morning to rush to the aide of one victim who fell ill nearby.
Dr Kathryn Hawk, an Emergency Department physician at Yale New Have Hospital, said the drug was laced with fentanyl, but police have yet to confirm the drug. Three of the people who overdosed died after taking cocaine that had been laced with fentanyl, over a dozen others were hospitalized. "Don't put your life in harm".
"He says one of the victims still had some of the drug, which has been sent off to a lab for testing".
"Today's emergency is deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals", the Democratic governor said in a statement. The city also saw multiple synthetic cannabis overdoses in late January.