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LPD warning about spice after almost 100 drug overdoses at Connecticut park

Lafayette police are using the drug overdoses in New Haven, Connecticut as a teaching moment for the community.

Posted: Aug 17, 2018 10:28 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette police are using the drug overdoses in New Haven, Connecticut as a teaching moment for the community.

Police in Connecticut now said around 100 people have gotten sick from synthetic marijuana overdoses. The story first made headlines on Wednesday. More than 70 people overdosed on K2 at a New Haven, Connecticut park.

At least two people have been arrested in connection with the tainted K2. Untainted K2 can be 100 times more potent than marijuana. No one has died in this week's mass overdose, but at least two users had life-threatening symptoms.

Near the start of August, Lafayette police shared information about the increase of the drug spice.

LPD said around that time, they responded to 10 calls of service related to the use of spice in one weekend. Many of those calls led to people being sent to the hospital or arrested.

Since then, Lt. Scott Galloway says LPD continues to receive daily calls about incidents related to the drug. Spice is a leafy substance like marijuana, that has been sprayed with chemicals. Galloway says smoking spice is like playing a game of Russian roulette. It can cause hallucinations, paranoia and even death.

"You never know what you're getting, what's in the batch, it could be rat poison, it could be household chemicals, so that's the dangers," Galloway said. "You never know what's in those chemicals that you're smoking."

Galloway said there are similarities between what happened in Lafayette and New Haven.

"It wasn't to that scale, but the same thing," said Galloway. "We had a lot of people smoking or having ill effects from using this drug and it affected the police department, the whole community, the emergency services, the hospitals. So, we would warn anybody against using spice."

Anyone with information about people using or dealing spice is asked to call the Tippecanoe County Drug Task Force or the anonymous We-Tip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.

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