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    Horror: Almost 100 People Overdose in Connecticut Park Near Yale

    Horror: Almost 100 People Overdose in Connecticut Park Near Yale

    “Symptoms varied. Many victims lost consciousness, officials said.”

    A nightmarish scene unfolded at New Haven Green this week, a park located near Yale University. Throughout the course of the day on Thursday, emergency officials responded to dozens of cases of drug overdoses. A synthetic form of marijuana is believed to be the cause. The actual number of people afflicted has varied among sources.

    Here’s an Associated Press report, via FOX News:

    Overdose total hits 76 in Connecticut park near Yale

    The number of overdose victims linked to a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Connecticut, as officials try to determine exactly what sickened people.

    People on and around the historic New Haven Green near Yale University began falling ill shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, and the overdoses continued into Thursday morning. No deaths were reported, and most people brought to hospitals have been discharged, officials said.

    Symptoms varied. Many victims lost consciousness, officials said. Others vomited. Some just became nauseous or lethargic.

    Toxicology testing remained incomplete Thursday. Some victims tested positive for the powerful opioid fentanyl, but it appeared most if not all the overdoses were caused only by a potent batch of “K2” synthetic marijuana, said Dr. Kathryn Hawk, an emergency medicine physician and professor at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where many of the victims were treated.

    Hawk said the people who tested positive may have taken other drugs laced with fentanyl in addition to the synthetic marijuana, which is plant material sprayed with drugs and chemicals.

    Here’s a video report from NBC News:

    Three people have been arrested in connection to the synthetic marijuana, according to a report from WABC in New York which also ups the number of the afflicted to 95:

    3 arrests after 95 overdose on synthetic marijuana at Connecticut park

    Three people have been arrested after a rash of overdoses blamed on a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana sickened nearly 100 people in New Haven, Connecticut.

    New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell told WTNH that an additional 19 people overdosed in the city on Thursday, bringing the total to 95 overdoses in the past two days.

    The victims started falling ill Wednesday morning, mostly on the New Haven Green near Yale University.

    “Do not come down to the Green and purchase this K2,” Campbell said. “It is taking people out very quickly, people having respiratory failure. Don’t put your life in harm.”

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

    “We literally had people running around the Green providing treatment,” said Rick Fontana, the city’s emergency operations director.

    Yale-New Haven Hospital Dr. Kathryn Hawk said some patients tested positive for the powerful opioid fentanyl, but it appears most of the overdoses were caused by a potent batch of straight “K2” synthetic marijuana.

    Talk to your family members, particularly children, and make sure they know they must avoid substances like these. Synthetic drugs like K2 are extremely dangerous.

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    tom_swift | August 17, 2018 at 10:34 am

    People on and around the historic New Haven Green near Yale University began falling ill shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday

    What, marijuana users up and about at that time in the morning? Color me skeptical.

    alaskabob | August 17, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    As with Prohibition, the war on drugs has had the same outcome with the Mafia and Organized Crime being now part of and/or replaced by Narco-terrorist gangs and those with a wonderful spark of humanity….. MS-13.

    Some people write themselves off from reality. Most families that have struggled with family members with addiction give up so much and with little gain most of the time.

    TimothyJ | August 17, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I must be stupid, but I would never put something in my body from some stranger on the street who is definitely not my friend, and may have intent to hurt me. As the first commenter says, these folks should be nominated for the Darwin Award for 2018.

    The city of New Haven and Yale University have allowed a public park next to one of the most prestigious universities in the world turn into an open air drug market. I guess they are too busy trying to ban plastic straws and offensive Halloween costumes

    kenoshamarge | August 17, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Sorry,I don’t see the horror. I see rampant stupidity but no horror. Actions have consequences. How sorry would people feel for some drunk that rammed his car into a tree? It would be more like, “thank God he/she didn’t hurt someone else”. That’s my feeling about pot-heads.

    Just to make it clear I am talking about “recreational” users not those who take marijuana for legitimate medical reasons.

      I don’t think I have ever met a pot user who didn’t have at least mild PTSD.

      Consider – about 10% of the population has a PTSD problem. And about 10% of the population are regular pot users.

      Addiction is a symptom of PTSD. Look it up.

      MajorWood in reply to kenoshamarge. | August 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Legitimate medical use of marijuana is limited to use as an anti-emetic to concurrent use of specific chemotherapeutic agents to ensure proper nutrition. Period! Everything else is bullshit logic and reasoning applied to mostly factitious disorders. Saying that one is treating “chronic fatigue syndrome” is more socially acceptable that admitting one is a pathetic drug addict, as is saying that one is going to the dispensary as opposed to visiting the drug dealer. As someone who doesn’e it anything, I am constantly entertained by the mental gymnastics that people put themselves through to rationalize a behavior pattern. The late Richard Jeni summed it up best. “In California people are described as mellow and laid-lack. In New York, those same people are described as boring and passed-out.” So when someone who smokes a lot of weed tells you that it hasn’t affected their life, it is best to treat them as an unreliable reporter.

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