Dead And 12 Hospitalized After Mass Drug Overdose In California

Dead And 12 Hospitalized After Mass Drug Overdose In California

Police say a mass overdose at a house in Chico that killed one man and left four people in critical condition appears to have been largely caused by the unsafe opiate fentanyl, the Enterprise Record reports.

One person was pronounced dead on the scene, and 12 others were rushed to the nearby Enloe Hospital.

The Bee reported that the first two responding officers were also taken to the hospital when they began feeling ill, potentially side effects of being exposed to fentanyl in the house.

'We were waiting, and have been waiting unfortunately, for this to happen in the sense that we knew fentanyl had been moving west, ' O'Brien said. A total of 12 people were taken to the hospital. Pacific time on Saturday at a home in Chico, said Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien.

Exposure to the deadly opioid fentanyl caused the overdose, affecting both the victims and two officers responding to the incident, according to police.

O'Brien said that officers performed CPR and administered six doses of naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an overdose and comes in half-doses.

They were treated and later released.

Chico Fire Department Division Chief Jesse Alexander said he saw six people being treated with CPR at the same time and described the incident as the largest mass casualty he's witnessed of the same nature in years.

Officers have obtained a search warrant of the house, which is now being treated as a "hazmat site".

Police are not clear about how or why the victims might have consumed the substance.

"That is changing, unfortunately", He said, "and now we've had this mass casualty incident ... likely to have been caused by fentanyl".

In August, President Donald Trump urged the Senate to pass a measure to stop synthetic opioid drugs such as fentanyl from being transported into the United States via the U.S. Postal Service system.

The home is now being treated as a "hazmat site", but O'Brien said it is "not a danger to the public". It has been blamed for a significant rise in overdose deaths across the country in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.