What to Know
As of Thursday morning, first aid workers in New Haven continue to treat patients on the New Haven Green for possible overdoses.
It is unclear whether the Thursday's overdose was related. Some victims were in life-threatening condition, but there were no deaths.
The police have arrested three people, but have not yet confirmed if one of them was responsible for distributing the drugs.
For a third day in a row, New Haven emergency teams responded to several overdoses on the New Haven Green that may be associated with the synthetic drug K2. City officials said they have reports of a person distributing the drug for free, possibly to addict people. The total overdose this week is now nearly 1
Nineteen additional people have been treated for overdose since midnight, said New Raven Emergency Operations Director Rick Fontana. Not all 19 cases were at the center of the eruption on the Green, a park near Yale University, and it is not clear if they are all related to K2.
Fontana said emergency teams are investigating whether these recent incidents are interlinked with the nearly 80 overdoses that occurred over a 24-hour period Tuesday night and during the day on Wednesday.
New Haven police chief Anthony Campbell said during a press conference with other officials on Thursday that the city is a "great provider of service to people who are struggling with addiction."
"It is therefore the reason that so many people "Those who are struggling with these kinds of problems are then susceptible to those who would exploit them, who would give them drugs that go to areas where they use services and sell them drugs," he said.
Toni Harp, mayor of New Haven, said that the city is setting plans for Jim Carroll, president of the drug tsar, in New Haven city on Monday.
Samples of the drugs that the city sent to the DEA for investigation were identified as synthetic K2 and not contaminated with other drugs, officials said, having sent more samples for testing after receiving reports from Yale New Haven Hospital had received that some patients who treated them had the opioid fentanyl in their system.
Dr Kathryn Hawk, an emergency physician and professor, said that some people got better when they were treated with the opioid overdose Naxoxon was treated while others had no effect, the Associated Press reported.
The health emergency began at 9:30 am escalating on Wednesday, city firefighters said Tuesday and Wednesday, 79 overdoses were reported suspecting K2. 72 of these cases resulted in hospitalizations.
On Thursday morning, a crew of NBC Connecticut witnessed first responders treating two people on the Green, including one person
Then, during the Thursday afternoon press conference, officials said they were receiving reports of additional incidents on the New Haven Green informs.
Some people who got sick in recent years days have become ill several times. Officials said they were being treated, went back to the green and then got sick again, in some cases three times.
Chief Campbell said that he had observed up to eight people who could not breathe and need to be revived. The experience of "compassionate fatigue" for him and other responders "takes a toll," he said.
After talking to people on the Green, the police arrested a local man for violating the probation order, which was believed to be associated with at least some of the overdose. The investigation is under way and the man who had K2 with him at the time of his arrest is still being prosecuted in the overdose cases.
"Many of the victims have informed us that they have not bought this K2, that one of them actually gave it to them, and it is our belief that this person might intend to get people addicted to this product, and thereby establish a chain of customers for themselves "
A second suspect known for K2 sales in the past and also believed in the outbreak, was also in custody, officials announced. The police had previously announced that a third person had been arrested.
Chief Campbell said the authorities had "a good idea of where the product came from" and issued search warrants. But he admitted he did not have all the product on the street.
He said the police would continue to investigate and there would be a large police presence on the green of 20 people patrolling to ban the sale and purchase of drugs. On a typical day, eight officers patrol the city center.
Mayor Harp has praised the first responders for their work while the investigations continue and denote their work as exemplary.
I am very grateful for the timely and effective work of the first responders who have helped to revive, transport and rescue these victims, "said Harp in a statement.
Fontana warned that the drug incidents tax first responders,
Gov. Dannel Malloy called the massive number of overdoses in New Haven "deeply troubling."
"Today's plight is deeply disturbing and indicative of the very real and serious threat posed by illegal drugs on the island The substance behind these overdoses is highly dangerous and must be avoided, "he said in a statement.
" I spoke with Mayor Harp and assured her that the state is still committed and committed to providing assistance where it's always necessary, "Malloy said in a statement.
State Department of Public Health and Department officials Mental Health and Addiction Services provide assistance, including the delivery of 50 doses of naloxone to the city of New Haven, to provide first responders who have needed 24 hours.
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is also working with health professionals to assist the emergency services. Malloy said that psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, medical and homeless outreach staff also helped with triage, administration of naloxone and sending people to the hospital.
The city of Hamden also shared signs of overdose, citing the Quinnipiac Valley Health District, for information
• Person will not wake up
• Blue lips or fingernails
• Braces , cool skin
• Slow, slow breathing
• Cramps or seizures
• No reaction to knuckles being rubbed hard on the sternum