Trump drug czar to visit New Haven

Published on Monday, 20 August 2018 21:03
Written by AP

NEW HAVEN (AP) - President Donald Trump’s nominee for drug czar is scheduled to visit Connecticut to talk with state and local officials about drug addiction, in response to more than 100 overdoses from synthetic marijuana in New Haven last week.

Jim Carroll is scheduled to meet Monday in New Haven with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Mayor Toni Harp and other officials. Carroll is Trump’s pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

More than 100 people fell ill Wednesday and Thursday, mostly on the New Haven Green. First responders described chaotic scenes of multiple people falling unconscious at the same time, while others vomited or became disoriented. All of them recovered.

Authorities said a bad batch of K2 synthetic marijuana was to blame. Three people have been charged.

Posted in New Britain Herald, State on Monday, 20 August 2018 21:03. Updated: Monday, 20 August 2018 21:05.