PHOTO: Authorities found more than two dozen people suffering from apparent overdoses at the New Haven Green in New Haven, Connecticut, Aug. 15, 2018. Some people fell unconscious and others vomited.
The patients included people of various ages and demographics, Alston said. Some people were unconscious, others were semi-conscious. "We are doing our best to get people to the hospital in the safest, most practical and efficient manner".
"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", Lt. Ernest Jones, an EMT for the New Haven Fire Department, told the New Haven Register.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said Wednesday that the state Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services were assisting New Haven with the rash of overdoses.
Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, contains man-made chemicals that act on the same cell receptors in the brain as THC does in natural marijuana. The police chief says they firmly believe the person in custody is responsible for at least some of the overdoses.
"We heard from people on the Green this morning that it could potentially be laced with PCP and some of the reactions of the patients in the emergency department would suggest it was an opioid involved as well", Bogucki said. No deaths were reported, but officials said two people had life-threatening symptoms.
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According to Fontana, the Sponsor Hospital Medical Director is coordinating with hospital and health department staff to coordinate efforts.
At first, the drug Nalaxone - used to treat narcotic overdoses - appeared not to work.
More than a dozen people overdosed on synthetic marijuana at the same park on July 4. The additives boost the high, but can create a unsafe, sometimes deadly cocktail. 'Narcan was not effective here at the scene, ' said Alston.
Governor Dannel Malloy released a statement on Wednesday saying, "Today's emergency is deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals".
Fontana said the city's 911 center started receiving calls just after 8 a.m. about possible overdoses at the park.
Fire Chief John Alston Jr. said Wednesday morning that victims apparently consumed K2 synthetic marijuana, but investigators will await toxicology test results to confirm that.