Over 70 Drug Users Vomiting, Hallucinating, and Half-Conscious in Connecticut Public Park

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Yet again, another mass overdose event happened recently. It’s now become such a common occurrence that it doesn’t seem weird or abnormal when we hear stories of massive amounts of people overdosing at the same time all over the country. And it’s not just happening because of opioids. Cocaine and Spice have definitely caused their fair share of chaos on city streets. And speaking of Spice, that drug hasn’t gone away. Everyone needs to know that Spice is still a huge problem, even though it’s not as popular as it used to be. Kids and adults alike are still able to get ahold of the strange, mostly unknown chemical that’s sprayed on random, dried plant matter and smoked to a person’s heart’s content, or until they achieve a terrifying state of psychosis and delirium. Spice is still often sold at shady bodegas, corner stores, and of course, over the internet. Spice is such a sketchy drug and as if it wasn’t bad enough that months ago, the drug caused users to spontaneously bleed from their eyes and ears in Illinois, now more than 70 Spice users all passed out and OD’d at a public park in Connecticut.

In New Haven, Connecticut the synthetic drug, “Spice” was responsible for over 70 overdoses in a public park where people had been using the drug. Passer-byes looked on in dismay, shock, and morbid curiosity as emergency responders began assisting overdose victims on The Green, a city park known for its homeless squatters and drug users. Narcan was given to some of the victims but was ineffective, as the situation was not being caused by opioids. CBS News reported that some of the affected users were experiencing “a multitude of signs and symptoms ranging from vomiting, hallucinating, high blood pressure, shallow breathing, semi-conscious and unconscious states,” according to Rick Fontana, director of the city’s Office of Emergency Operations.

An arrest in this case has been made, however. Felix Melendez, 37, was taken into custody in connection with the tainted Spice and was currently out of prison on parole. Perhaps they let him out too soon. A dangerous criminal was let out of confinement, only to commit other horrendous transgressions against society. The dope game is a money maker and unfortunately, some people are so motivated by money that they’ll do anything to get as much of it as possible, even if it’s at the expense of human lives. The solution to this, don’t smoke Spice.

If you’ve found yourself caught up by your drug use, get help. If you’re a parent and your son or daughter is struggling, do something about it. Be willing to take ultimate responsibility whether you’re a parent or an addict. If you don’t, there’s no promise that anyone will, and then what? Well, then you’re played. Game over, throw up the towel.

Remember, YOU are the only one who can change your own condition in life.

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Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.