Dozens overdose on synthetic marijuana in New Haven, Connecticut, authorities say

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The number of overdose victims linked to a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Connecticut, as officials try to determine exactly what sickened people.

"Even while we were trying to return people to service, they were passing victims on the ground", Alston told reporters.

People on and around the historic New Haven Green near Yale University began falling ill shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, and the overdoses continued into Thursday morning.

Out of the dozens of people rushed to the hospital, only two showed life-threatening symptoms, authorities said.

Dozens of people have been treated in CT during the past two days after officials say they overdosed on K2, an often-laced synthetic drug.

"It is insane, it is ugly - you don't know what you're doing, you don't know where you are", said Douglas, saying this was the worst drug crisis he's ever seen.

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Police believe the victims had smoked a synthetic cannabinoid, known as "K2", mixed with the powerful opioid fentanyl.

She said toxicology tests will help investigators learn more about the nature of the drug. A public defender said there was no proof linking any drugs Parker may have had to the overdoses.

Because of that, officials say buyers have no way to know what they are purchasing. "It brought out Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven Police Department, Fire Department, [American Medical Response]".

At first, the drug [naloxone] - used to treat narcotic overdoses - appeared not to work.

The CDC said a record 72,000 Americans died past year because of drug overdose - about 10 percent higher than previous figures. "We have no deaths reported". But some overdosed again, including one person who was treated for three separate overdoses. Local officials said it was unlike anything they had seen before.

Fontana said the patients had symptoms of increased heart rates, decreased respiratory rates and a lot of vomiting.

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"One of our fears is that this isn't over", Hartman said.

A similar mass overdose occurred on New Haven Green just one month ago, on July 4, when more than a dozen people fell sick from synthetic marijuana.

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

'This is happening nationwide, ' Harp said.

The DPH provided 50 doses of naloxone as the city of New Haven ran out of their supplies over the course of 24 hours. Though synthetic, these types of drugs are known as cannabinoids because they activate the same brain cell receptors as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis.

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