More Than 100 Overdoses in One Day

Overdosed man on a bench

In case you don’t know, K2 is also known as “synthetic marijuana”. This is a misnomer, as it is manmade chemicals of a wide variety of structure that are sprayed on combustible materials for consumption. It’s an incredibly unsafe, inconsistent drug notorious for causing a host of unpleasant reactions and death. And it’s relatively new, first appearing in the U.S. in 2008.

On August 15th, in New Haven Park, Connecticut, a scene erupted as people began dropping like dominoes from this drug. It was described as masses of people falling over, sometimes in unison throughout that day. While there are no reported deaths, many were transported to the hospital and treated only to then return to the park and overdose AGAIN. Local EMTs report taking the same people to the hospital multiple times.

Arrests have been made of suspects whom are believed to have sold the drugs, yet nothing has been proven at this time. Multiple “victims” have reported buying the drugs from the same person, and another man was arrested in the vicinity with a large supply of the drug.

This event is shocking on a few levels. Most notably that there are so many people using K2!

Realistically, how many people used the same batch of drugs who did not overdose? This doesn’t even consider those who used K2 but just not that batch, or how many people use K2 in that area daily.

This is a strong indicator of the state of our nation’s drug epidemic, which is not restricted to opioids only. Only addiction could compel those who overdosed to then return to use more of the same drug. Incidents like this shine a momentary spotlight on just how serious it is. Had it not been for a “bad batch”, August 15th would’ve been just another day in the park.



Joe Kertis

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Joe has worked at Narconon New Life Retreat for the past seven years, since his relocation to Louisiana. As the Intake Supervisor, he helps families and individuals through a very difficult time and take their first steps to a new, drug-free life. Get in touch with Joe on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.