Trump Drug Czar Nominee Visits Connecticut After Overdoses

August 20, 2018 - 9:11 am

The New Haven Green. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for drug czar has called Connecticut a national example of helping people get addiction treatment.

Jim Carroll visited New Haven on Monday after more than 100 recent overdoses on synthetic marijuana at a city park.

He met with officials including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and first responders to discuss the overdoses and the country's drug crisis.

Carroll says about 200 Americans die every day from addiction. He says the Trump administration is trying to curb the problem with prevention, treatment and law enforcement efforts.

New Haven authorities responded to more than 100 overdoses Wednesday and Thursday, mostly on the New Haven Green. Some people overdosed multiple times. Everyone recovered.

Officials blamed a potent batch of K2. Three people were arrested.

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