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Connecticut authorities revealed Friday that a man was arrested in relation to the investigation of several dozen synthetic pot overdoses that occurred in the state this week.
John Parker, 53, was taken into custody Wednesday and was discovered with more than 30 bags of K2, the synthetic marijuana linked to more than 100 overdoses, police said.
Parker was hit with drug-related charges after authorities found him with the K2, Police Chief Anthony Campbell said.
The area around the New Haven Green near Yale was where many of the overdoses occurred, starting on Wednesday. Multiple people who were affected by the drug identified Parker as someone who'd been dealing it in the area, Campbell said.
Some of those who experienced overdoses fell unconscious, while others suffered nausea and vomiting, officials said. Some individuals also reportedly overdosed multiple times.
No deaths have been reported.
Parker was detained on $225,000 bail. A public defender told The Associated Press there was no proof linking any drugs Parker may have had to the ODs.
His arrest marks the third in the investigation. Felix Melendez, 37, and an unidentified individual were separately taken into custody, Campbell said. He added that investigators are still working to determine whether they’re connected to the overdoses.
Police cautioned that the apprehensions don't guarantee that all the bad K2 has been found.
"We want people to be warned that what they have could be extremely dangerous and they should not use it," Campbell said.
Synthetic marijuana typical consists of plant material sprayed with chemicals or other substances sold in small, colorful packets.
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is it really that hard to get real Marijuana in CT?
absolutely agree,they should have to wear a sign that says "i`m and Idiot,let me go"
Chasing the lure of a bigger/better high.

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17 hours ago, DWARREN123 said:

Some overdosed multiple times!

How stupid are those folks?

Change the name of the place to Overdose Green. 

From Wikipedia:

Synthetic cannabinoids are a class of molecules that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body—the same receptors to which THC and CBD attach–which are cannabinoids in cannabis plants 

Reported user negative effects include palpitations, paranoia, intense anxiety, nausea, vomiting, confusion, poor coordination, and seizures. There have also been reports of a strong compulsion to re-dose, withdrawal symptoms, and persistent cravings. There have been several deaths linked to synthetic cannabinoids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the number of deaths from synthetic cannabinoid use tripled between 2014 and 2015.

In 2018 the United States Food and Drug Administration warned of significant health risks associated with synthetic cannabinoid products that contain the rat poison brodifacoum, which is added because it is thought to extend the duration of the drugs' effects. Severe illnesses and death have resulted from this contamination.

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