Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Mass drug overdose in California kills 1, leaves 12 more hospitalized

1 dead, 4 in critical condition at mass overdose in California house 1 Dead, 14 Hospitalized After Mass Overdose At Chico Home
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2019, 06:55

The Daily Mail is reporting one man dead and 12 more hospitalized after "mass overdose" in California caused by fentanyl. One male adult died and 12 others were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

"Certainly there's potential for additional fatalities", O'Brien said.

The conditions of the non-critical victims were not released, and the person who died was not identified.

In addition to that, two Chico police officers were taken to the hospital after they said they started to feel sick. Authorities suspect the overdoses were caused by ingestion of the risky drug and a separate substance that is yet to be determined. For now the home is being treated as a hazmat zone, but police say there is no immediate risk to neighbors. Officers who responded to the scene administered six doses of the opioid antidote naloxone in the hopes of reviving the victims.

Two officers were also transported to the hospital after being exposed to the drug.

Mike O'Brien Chico Police Chief says, "So every indication is that this is a mass overdose incident was caused from the ingestion of some form of fentanyl in combination with another substance, although that is yet to be confirmed".

Chico Fire Chief Steven Standridge described it as "a mass casualty incident" that saw four fire engines and Butte County's entire fleet of eight ambulances at the scene.

"Remember, the amount of carfentanil - these substances are extremely risky - and it takes just a very minute amount to cause life-saving conditions", O'Brien said.

According to The Bee, O'Brien says Chico officers began carrying naloxone in 2018 but, until recently, it has been used to reverse heroin overdoses.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-to-100 times stronger than morphine, according to the US
Drug Enforcement Administration.

O'Brien said a narcotics task force is investigating the origin of the fentanyl, which may have been mixed with other substances.

"It was a large, mass casualty incident for us", the fire chief said in a news conference Saturday night.

Over the past few years, Fentanyl has increasingly been responsible for overdose deaths across the United States.