Beware of Synthetic Marijuana! More Than 70 People Overdosed on K2 in US (Photos + Videos of Arrests)

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As many as 76 people overdosed on what’s believed to have been synthetic marijuana at or near a Connecticut city park as fellow parkgoers watched in horror.

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Massive overdose

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Source: WTNH

At least 71 people have overdosed from K2, some form of synthetic marijuana, in Connecticut with at least 52 of them at or near a Connecticut city park, authorities said late Wednesday.

No deaths were reported, but authorities said two people showed life-threatening symptoms.

Most of the overdoses happened on the New Haven Green – a downtown park near Yale University – throughout the day Wednesday, according to officials.

“We have a guy laid out in the alleyway, unresponsive, eyes wide open. He’s out cold,” an unidentified bystander shouted, according to the New Haven Register.

Lt. Ernest Jones, an emergency medical technician for the New Haven Fire Department, told the Register he’s had his job for five years, and never had such an abnormal day at work.

“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,” Jones said. “At that point, we’d go help that patient, and while helping that patient, another person went down. So it became a domino effect.”

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Source: WTNH

CBS News reported the victims, covering a range of ages, experienced “a multitude of signs and symptoms ranging from vomiting, hallucinating, high blood pressure, shallow breathing, semi-conscious and unconscious states,” said Rick Fontana, director of the city’s Office of Emergency Operations.

Naloxone, an antidote for narcotic overdoses, was administered to some victims but didn’t appear to be effective.

What is synthetic marijuana?

Synthetic cannabinoids like K2 are human-made chemicals that can be either sprayed on dried plants and smoked or sold as liquids to be inhaled in e-cigarettes or other devices.

They can be anywhere from 2 to 100 times more potent than THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, researchers have said. That wide range is due to the fact that the drugs used change from batch to batch.


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Beware! More Than 70 People Overdosed on Synthetic Marijuana in New Haven Park (Photos + Videos of Arrests)
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As many as 76 people overdosed on what’s believed to have been synthetic marijuana at or near a Connecticut city park as fellow parkgoers watched in horror.
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