‘Mass Overdose’ in California House Leaves 1 Dead, 12 in the Hospital

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2019

One man has died and four are in critical condition following apparent drug overdoses at a house in Chico, the Enterprise-Record newspaper reports.

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

A mass fentanyl overdose incident in Northern California on Saturday left one dead and at least a dozen others hospitalized.

While the substance that caused the overdose has not been tested, O'Brien said, "We have every indication that this mass overdose incident was caused from the ingestion of some form of fentanyl in combination with some other substance".

Chico Fire Department Chief, Steven Standridge, said the pair were "potentially exposed" to fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid that is frequently mixed with heroin.

Two officers who responded to the scene also went to a hospital after they said they felt the effects of a drug similar to fentanyl, KHSL-TV reported. For now the home is being treated as a hazmat zone, but police say there is no immediate risk to neighbors.

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As of about 10 pm last night, nine people were still in the hospital, four in critical condition, two in serious condition, and three in fair condition. That home is now being treated as a haz mat site and no one is being allowed to enter without proper precautions.

The police chief said officers administered CPR and six doses of Naloxone - a treatment for opioid overdoses used as a nasal spray or an injection.

'The amount of fentanyl - these substances are extraordinarily unsafe and it takes a very minute amount to cause [life-threatening] conditions, ' O'Brien said.

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

The home is now being treated as a "hazmat site", but O'Brien said it is "not a danger to the public".

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.

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