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Several K2 overdoses reported in New London on Friday

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New London fire crews were called to several reported overdoses on Friday (WFSB) New London fire crews were called to several reported overdoses on Friday (WFSB)

On Friday morning, just before noon, New London fire officials said they had already responded to several overdoses.

Fire crews said the overdoses, at least eight, were suspected to be associated with K2.

Last week, emergency crews in New London said they had been inundated with calls regarding K2 overdoses.

"Today we've seemed to see a spike again in activity. We had 7 to 8 patients come in during the day today that we suspect and believe to be related to K2 use," said Ron Kersey, EMS coordinator for Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.

In the past, police have described K2, which is also known as “Spice,” as a synthetic marijuana “in which herbs, incense or other leafy materials are sprayed with lab-synthesized liquid chemicals to mimic the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found Marijuana.”

"They can be unconscious, they can be having seizures, they can just be stuporous to the point where they have an unsteady gate and just can't walk," Kersey said.

The drug can cause rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, profuse sweating, confusion, hallucinations, and paranoia.

It can also raise blood pressure and cause reduced blood supply to the heart, along with kidney damage and seizures.

K2 can be unpredictable, and even life-threatening.

Friday's patients were alert and conscious but it still puts a strain on the ambulance system.

"We're a busy system as it is that the ambulance in the city is very busy and anytime there is a spike in their volume it does stress their system a little bit," Kersey said.

New London’s director of human services says the drug is cheap and access has been too easy.

"Part of the issue is that the heat exasperates the effects of K2 on an individual. The city is taking a very aggressive approach,” Jeanne Milstein said.

Police arrested two people on Thursday after finding K2 in an apartment on Home Street. 

While the city says they are targeting dealers, they are also focusing on the users.

"We are now sending outreach workers from some of the local providers out on the streets to try and engage those who are using the drug to try and get them help,” Milstein said.

The city is meeting with experts on K2 substance abuse next week and will be talking about best practices with confronting the problem.

In the meanwhile, they have surrounding towns on standby if needed.

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