One Park, One Day, 41 Overdoses

Connecticut police arrest man in connection with more than 30 overdoses at New Haven Green

He says one of the victims still had some of the drug, which was sent off to a lab for testing.

Fire, police, and EMS personnel have said they will continue to staff a command post on the New Haven Green in case of further overdoses.

The DEA is teaming up with New Haven police into investigating the overdoses.

Naloxone, a drug used to treat narcotic overdoses in emergencies, appears to have been ineffective in relieving the symptoms. No deaths were reported in either outbreak.

Most of the overdoses were on the New Haven Green, a popular, historic downtown park that borders part of Yale University, and officials said they expected the overdose total to increase.

Police said as many as 30 people were treated or taken to hospital from the area around the park, while local media reported at least 76 overdoses occurred in the city within a 24-hour period.

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Officials said Emeth Soloman, 43, of New Haven, had pled guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine.

"People are self-medicating for several different reasons and every agency - police, fire, medical, hospitals - all are strained at this time", Chief Alston said. "It is taking people out very quickly, people having respiratory failure".

"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. The city also saw more than a dozen synthetic marijuana overdoses in late January. "At that point, we'd go help that patient, and while helping that patient, another person went down".

Late Wednesday night, the scene at the New Haven Green began to "quiet down" as people emptied out of the park, Hartman, the officer, said.

CT governor Dan Malloy described the emergency as "deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals".

More than a dozen people overdosed on synthetic marijuana at the same park July 4. The state Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services have been assisting New Haven officials throughout the day.

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