One dead, 12 hospitalized in mass overdose in California

One dead, 12 hospitalized in mass overdose in California

- An update to a shocking story out of Northern California, were more than a dozen people where found near death from apparent drug overdoses inside a Chico home.

An adult male was pronounced dead at the scene while 12 others - between ages 19 and 30 - were transported to Enloe Medical Center.

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. "That is yet to be confirmed, but we do anticipate confirmation in the coming days".

Four of those taken to the hospital are in critical condition, according to authorities. Authorities suspect the overdoses were caused by ingestion of the risky drug and a separate substance that is yet to be determined.

Police say they suspect the mass overdose was caused by ingestion of the opiate fentanyl in combination with another substance. "O'Brien said police performed CPR and administered six doses of naloxone, which is used to treat and reverse the effects of narcotic overdoses".

"We knew Fentanyl had been moving West it really has been in other parts of the country where they're really seeing the greatest impacts of this particular drug", said Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien.

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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.

"The residence where this incident occurred is being treated as a hazmat site". O'Brien said it's believed to have been a form of fentanyl that was mixed with another unknown substance.

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

Fentanyl is the most commonly overdosed drug in America, according to a recent government report.

It's not clear what drug the fentanyl might have been paired with, he said, but his officers have only come across it when it was combined with heroin.

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