According to police reports, what appeared to be a ‘mass overdose’ of drugs took place in a Connecticut Park yesterday, victimizing at least two dozen individuals.
Between 8-11am EDT, at least 24 persons showed signs of drug abuse at the New Haven Park in Connecticut yesterday, and an additional three later last night.
Lt. Ernest Jones, and EMT for the new Haven Fire Department explained to the media that, “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. At that point, we’d go help that patient, and while helping that patient, another person went down. So it became a domino effect.”
The individuals who succumbed to the overdoses were reportedly found in large groups of four and six, varying in age and demographics.
While the exact cause of the overdoses has not yet been confirmed, officials suspect that it is an effect of synthetic cannabinoids, also known as k2 or spice because symptoms exhibited include vomiting, hallucinations, high blood pressure, shallow breathing and unconsciousness. They added that Synthetic Cannabinoids is often laced with other drugs like the opioid.
The victims were attended to and treated by emergency respondents for several hours.
However, 37-year-old Felix Mendes, who was on parole, was arrested and is now in police custody in connection with the overdoses.
So far, no deaths have been reported.