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Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

 

A suspect is in custody after over 40 individuals overdosed in a Connecticut park on a drug suspected of being laced with an opioid, police say.

There have been no fatalities reported over the incident, but some of the individuals are in critical condition, officials say.

The first overdoses were reported near Yale University on Tuesday night.

The incident follows a new report that found a record 72,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2017.

Police arrested a man on Wednesday who is suspected of being connected to some of the drugs that caused the overdoses, NBC News Connecticut reported.

Officials believe the individuals may have taken doses of K2, a synthetic drug marketed as being similar to marijuana.

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.

On Tuesday night, emergency crews responded to three overdoses in New Haven Green park.

Eighteen people collapsed on Wednesday morning within a span of three-and-a-half hours, officials said.

Some individuals were unconscious; others were vomiting or exhibiting other overdose symptoms. Read more

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Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park