Authorities in CT arrested a 34-year-old man after more than 30 people were found suffering overdose symptoms at or near the New Haven Green.
The overdoses were reported over a 24-hour period and investigators are trying to determine what exactly sickened the victims.
A "mass overdose" appears to have taken place in a CT park today (Aug. 15), according to news reports.
Although there were no deaths, two individuals were considered to be in serious, life-threatening condition.
In May, for example, 25 people were hospitalized in one area of Brooklyn, New York, after having negative reactions to what was believed to be K2, police said.
Police arrested a local man on Wednesday that they believe may be connected to the drug overdoses in New Haven, according to a news release. One person had to be transported three times over the course of the day, he said.
"Do not come down to the Green and purchase this K2".
"There were some that were unconscious, some that were nauseous, lethargic, some in respiratory duress", New Haven Fire Chief John Alston said of the people treated by emergency responders.
"The substance behind these overdoses is highly unsafe and must be avoided", Malloy said, adding that state public health officials had delivered 50 doses of Naloxone to New Haven to replenish the supply expended by first responders over the course of the 24-hour crisis.
"There have been a couple individuals that were certainly more sicker than others", Fontana told reporters at a press conference Wednesday morning.
He says one of the victims still had some of the drug, which was sent off to a lab for testing. The patients were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital and St. Raphael's Hospital.
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.
A suspect is in custody after over 40 individuals overdosed in a CT park on a drug suspected of being laced with an opioid, police say.
Early reports indicated that 47 people had overdosed, but The Hartford Courant reports that the number of cases had risen to 71 by about 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials said the patients were "all different ages" and that anti-overdose drugs given to some victims did not work.
In two cases, Narcan was not effective in the field, but a high dose of Narcan at the hospital was effective in combating the overdose effects.
The number of patients had first responders stretched thin and overwhelmed by the number of emergency calls. "Let's address it that way", Alston said. The city also saw multiple synthetic cannabis overdoses in late January.