- Yale New Haven Hospital confirmed as many as 71 overdoses since Tuesday of this week were caused by synthetic marijuana. Further media coverage of this issue can be found at: https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Synthetic-marijuana-laced-with-fentanyl-confirmed-13159368.php
- The New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) provided the following information to law enforcement:
- In May 2018 approximately 56 subjects over several days overdosed in Brooklyn, NY found to be linked to a lethal batch of K2, and more than 70 people overdosed in New Haven, CT within a 24 hr. span on Tuesday August 14, 2018 on some form of K2, or synthetic marijuana.
- Laboratories in NYC, NJ, CT and PA have identified a potent synthetic cannabinoid linked to these incidents known as 5F-ADB that has dangerous adverse effects in humans.
- In July 2018 NJ and PA experienced both fatal and non-fatal overdoses where a mixture of 5F-ADB, Fentanyl and heroin were identified in contents that led to those overdoses.
- New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center shared the information below and attached bulletin regarding this issue:
Transmittal sent on 16 August 2018 at 1647
(U//FOUO) Multiple recent overdose events have involved 5F-ADB, a potent synthetic cannabinoid known for its dangerous adverse effects in humans. New Jersey has observed a significant increase in the presence of 5F-ADB in its drug environment. For more information, see the attached Intelligence Dissemination Report (IDR).
Distribution: DMI Working Group
Contributing Agencies: New Jersey State Police; New Jersey Office of Forensic Sciences (OFS), Drug Enforcement Agency Hartford, CT
(U//FOUO) For Official Use Only (U//FOUO)
Office of Counter Terrorism
NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
1220 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12226
(518) 242-5078 | (518) 337-1971 | Daniel.Albert@dhses.ny.gov
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Intelligence Dissemination Report