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Officials confident arrests made are directly linked to drugs sold and distributed in New Haven

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After 76 drug overdoses in New Haven Wednesday, another 19 people have overdosed in the city Thursday.

New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell told News 8 Thursday afternoon that an additional 19 people have overdosed in the city on Thursday. That brings the total to 95 overdoses in the past two days.

Late Thursday afternoon, Chief Campbell said he was confident that two major arrests were linked directly to drugs sold and distributed on the Green.

A third person was also arrested on drug charges, but it is not yet known if that person is connected to the overdoses.

First responders have stepped up patrols across New Haven Thursday, following 76 drug overdoses in the city on Wednesday.

A handful of people are still at Yale-New Haven Hospital after overdosing yesterday, and a few more overdoses have been reported on Thursday.

Original Story: Arrest made after at least 76 people overdose in New Haven

On the New Haven Green, where many people overdosed Wednesday, many people spoke with News 8 reacting to what happened.

“I would like to see people get help, get help. It’s poison. To me it’s a disease,” one man said.

“We saw firefighters, paramedics, police running in different directions attending to these people,” a witness said. “There are no people who stayed on this ground for more than 2 minutes on this green yesterday.”

There are reports that the synthetic marijuana known as “K2” was laced with Fentanyl, which is often used to treat pain. It can be deadly in high doses.

News 8 spoke with New Haven Director of Emergency Management Rick Fontana Thursday morning, who said that a K2 sample tested by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) tested negative for the presence of Fentanyl. Fontana did note that one of the patients sent to the hospital did test positive for Fentanyl in his toxicology screen, which could have been a separate incident.

“I think the primary concern for us is to make sure that people are treated effectively and effeciently and that we provide any service we can and will continue to do that. “

“You have people out here who don’t have moral support from their parents, grandparents. You don’t know what is going in in someone’s mind. You don’t know what people were dealing with,” a witness said.

Senate Republican President Len Fasano released a statement on the overdoses, saying, in part, “It also speaks to a city that has allowed one of its primary community centers, the New Haven Green, to deteriorate to the point where it is no longer an attraction for families or economic development, but a place of despair.”

Of the 76 people that overdosed Wednesday, 72 were sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital, while four refused medical treatment.

The New Haven Board of Alders has scheduled a citywide public hearing in response to “the opioid epidemic and the need for better substance-abuse treatment.” That hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alder Chamber of City Hall located at 165 Church Street.

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