K2 sample tests negative for Fentanyl as New Haven overdose investigation continues


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – As the investigation continues into what caused 76 people to overdose in the city of New Haven, officials say there was no Fentanyl in at least one K2 sample tested by federal officials.

News 8 spoke with New Haven Director of Emergency Management Rick Fontana Thursday morning, who said that a K2 sample tested by the Drug Enforcement Administration tested negative for the presence of Fentanyl. Fontana did note that one of the patients sent to the hospital did test positive for Fentanyl in his toxicology screen, which could have been a separate incident.

On Wednesday night, officials at Yale-New Haven Hospital told News 8 that they believe the K2 was laced with Fentanyl. Of the 76 people that overdosed Wednesday, 72 were sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital, while four refused medical treatment.

A New Haven police sergeant told News 8 that the DEA analysis did not test for all substances, and that additional testing will be conducted.  Federal, state, and local authorities are continuing their investigation Thursday.

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