One dead, 12 hospitalized in mass overdose in California

One dead, 12 hospitalized in mass overdose in California

One dead, 12 hospitalized in mass overdose in California

At least one person is dead and 12 others were hospitalized after a suspected mass Fentanyl overdose, said police in Chico, California.

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

"Certainly there's potential for additional fatalities", he said at a news conference.

Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien got a 911 call from inside the home in the 1100 block of Santana Court at around 9 a.m. on January 12. "O'Brien said police performed CPR and administered six doses of naloxone, which is used to treat and reverse the effects of narcotic overdoses".

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

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.

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According to The Sacramento Bee, authorities arrived at a home on the 1100 block of Santana Court around 9am on Saturday after receiving a 911 call from someone inside. Authorities suspect the overdoses were caused by ingestion of the risky drug and a separate substance that is yet to be determined. O' Brien said the ages of the victims range from 19 to at least 30.

O'Brien said that numerous overdoses in Chico involve heroin, but not Fentanyl, adding that it's worrying to see the powerful drug in the city. Chico police have been equipped with naloxone since 2018. On Sunday, multiple people were reportedly injured after shots were fired at a downtown Phoenix Hotel. They were also treated at the hospital, the chief said, adding they were released and are in good condition.

O'Brien said investigators believe the overdoses were caused by ingestion of some form of fentanyl and another substance that has not yet been identified.

"The residence where this incident occurred is being treated as a hazmat site", he said.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine.

In November, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that fentanyl was behind the increase of drug overdose deaths between 2016 and 2017.

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