The Latest: Police searching homes for drugs after overdoses
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on more than 70 synthetic marijuana overdoses in New Haven, Connecticut (all times local):
Police in Connecticut are swarming a city park near Yale University and searching people’s homes for drugs in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana.
More than 70 people were hospitalized in a 24-hour period in New Haven.
City Police Chief Anthony Campbell says increased patrols are on the New Haven Green, where most of the overdoses occurred Wednesday. Campbell said Thursday that officers are executing search warrants in an effort to get all the bad “K2” off the streets.
Campbell said it appears one of three suspects who were arrested was giving the drug away for free in an effort to get people hooked.
Mayor Toni Harp says plans are being finalized for President Trump’s drug czar nominee, Jim Carroll, to visit New Haven on Monday.
Officials say the number of victims from a rash of overdoses on a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Connecticut.
The overdoses were reported over a 24-hour period and investigators are trying to determine what exactly sickened the victims.
People started falling ill Wednesday morning, mostly on the New Haven Green near Yale University. No deaths have been reported, and officials said most patients have been discharged from hospitals.
A doctor at one hospital says 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.
Police have arrested a man who they say may have passed out free samples of synthetic marijuana.