Man arrested after overdoses at downtown city park

Officials said the blood of Wednesday's victims was being tested to see what exactly they ingested.

PHOTO: Authorities found more than two dozen people suffering from apparent overdoses at the New Haven Green in New Haven, Connecticut, Aug. 15, 2018.

"Two individuals had life-threatening symptoms, and the others had non-life-threatening symptoms", he said. A city official said more than a dozen people fell ill from suspected drug overdoses on the green and were taken to local hospitals.

Chief Anthony Campbell, with the New Haven Police Department, states that while there were over 100 overdoses, many of them were the same people who overdosed 4-5 times.

First responders in New Haven initially suspected that the drugs were laced with some form of opioid and used Narcan, which combats opioid overdoses, on the patients.

Eighteen people collapsed on Wednesday morning within a span of three-and-a-half hours, officials said.

A suspected drug dealer has been arrested after more than 70 people overdosed in the space of 24 hours in CT. The city also saw multiple synthetic cannabis overdoses in late January.

A local man believed to be connected to at least "some" of the overdoses was arrested later that afternoon, according to the New Haven Police Department.

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Paramedics and police officers assist a man who has just been administered a dose of Narcan for an apparent opioid overdose in Drexel, Montgomery County, Ohio, on August 3, 2017.

CT police have made multiple arrests in connection with 76 overdose cases at a New Haven park. "It is taking people out very quickly, people having respiratory failure".

In New Haven, the patients transported to the hospital included people of various ages and demographics, Chief Alston said.

Emergency responders spent several hours today working to treat the victims and transport them to the hospital. "There's even three churches inside the park", David Hartman, a New Haven Police spokesman told CNN.

"The substance behind these overdoses is highly unsafe and must be avoided", Malloy said, adding that state public health officials had delivered 50 doses of Naloxone to New Haven to replenish the supply expended by first responders over the course of the 24-hour crisis.

The New Haven green is a meetingplace for the homeless population in the city.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is assisting with the investigation and will send drug samples to a federal lab for analysis.

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