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Mass Overdose Near Yale University Leaves Over 70 Sick

2018-08-16 15:19
A mass overdose on Aug. 15, near Yale University left at least 76 people ill, caused by what’s suspected to be a batch of synthetic marijuana, known as K2. Many of the cases took place at the New Haven Green, a park near the university where a similar mass overdose took place on July 4. Three overdoses took place on Tuesday night, with dozens of others happening on Wednesday. “Bodies are literally dropping all around me from suspected drug overdoses,” said Mario Boone, a journalist who was at the park, via Twitter. “I’ve never seen anything quite this bad happening at once.” NBC reported that the majority of the 76-plus overdoses took place on or near the Green. Seventy-two people were rushed to nearby hospitals while four refused medical care. Video footage showed some of the patients fighting with paramedics as the paramedics attempted to administer aid, even as the emergency responders sprinted around the park as new victims became visible due to intense seizures. Part of Opiate Crisis New Haven Fire Chief John Alston Jr. linked the overdoses to the opiate crisis that has hit pockets of people nationwide in recent years, during a press conference. Just this week, federal officials said drug overdose deaths hit more than 71,500 in 2017. “People are self-medicating for several different reasons and every agency—police, fire, medical, hospitals—all are strained at this time. This is a problem that’s not going away,” Alston said. America’s jails have also been swamped by the opioid crisis. Police officers arrested a person of interest believed to be linked to the mass overdose on the New Haven Green on Aug. 15, but he has not been charged as of yet.