New Haven Faced 14 Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses on Fourth of July Holiday - NBC Connecticut

New Haven Faced 14 Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses on Fourth of July Holiday



    Screening Mammography: What's Your Excuse?
    Getty Images
    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: A man prepares to smoke K2 or "Spice", a synthetic marijuana drug, along a street in East Harlem on August 5, 2015 in New York City. New York, along with other cities, is experiencing a deadly epidemic of synthetic marijuana usage including varieties known as K2 or "Spice" which can cause extreme reactions in some users. According to New York's health department, more than 120 people visited an emergency room in the city in just one week in April. While the state banned the ingredients used to make K2 in 2012, distributors have switched to other ingredients and names in an attempt to circumvent the law. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    At least 14 people overdosed on synthetic marijuana in New Haven on July 4, according to the city officials.

    Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., the city faced 14 overdoses from a form of marijuana with a synthetic compound added, New Haven Emergency Operations Director Rick Fontana said.

    Cities across Connecticut have faced strings of overdoses from this type of marijuana, often referred to as "K2."

    The overdoses primarily occurred in the area of the New Haven Green and on the line of Newhallville and East Rock.

    While the patients were taken to local hospitals, many of the patients were released from the emergency room quickly, Fontana said.

    Get the latest from NBC Connecticut anywhere, anytime