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Willimantic police investigating 7 overdoses in 24 hours

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

Police in Willimantic are warning residents after seven people overdosed on drugs over a 24 hour period.

Investigators said six of the cases are confirmed to be synthetic marijuana. They have since been treated and released from the hospital.

Police are trying to find out who is behind its sale.

They said it’s the second significant overdose case of the year. In May, almost a dozen adults were hospitalized for the same reason.

"This is a self-induced problem by people ingesting an illegal substance,” said Cpl. Stanley Parizo, Willimantic police.

"It says that we need to be more involved in the community as far as educating people as far as what can happen,” said Victor Ebersole of Willimantic.

Police said most of the victims were found in the Main Street and Valley Street area.

"The Willimantic police have done a really good job cleaning up this town,” said Edwin Alvarez of Willimantic. “I’ve been around forever.  Born and raised here.  They did an excellent job they'll get to the bottom of the case."

The drug, which is also known as K2, is often laced with another chemical like LSD, according to police. That can cause serious health complications ranging from high blood pressure to hallucinations.

"To those ingesting K2 synthetic marijuana, this is an immediate health risk to those persons,” Parizo said. “We have seen psychotic behavior."

Police said all of the victims in the most recent case were adults.

The seventh victim remained in the hospital as of Friday.

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