1 dead, 14 treated following mass overdose at Chico home

Leroy Wright
January 14, 2019

The Daily Mail is reporting one man dead and 12 more hospitalized after "mass overdose" in California caused by fentanyl.

'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.

"As tragic as this event is, and certainly there is potential for additional fatalities - I want to emphasize that - it certainly would have been far worse without the response and dispensing of Naloxone by Chico police officers, the life-saving efforts of Chico firefighters and Butte EMS and the emergency care of course received by Enloe Hospital staff", Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien said.

In addition to that, two Chico police officers were taken to the hospital after they said they started to feel sick.

The two police officers were treated and released, officials say they are in good health.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed on six people at the scene and a total of 12 were taken to the hospital, Steve Standridge, chief of Chico's fire department, said. He described seeing six people undergoing CPR at the same time. Authorities suspect the overdoses were caused by ingestion of the risky drug and a separate substance that is yet to be determined.

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

Police officers in Chico County carry Naloxone, a medicine used to reverse overdoses, which they gave to the surviving victims.

Police say the victims likely overdosed on Fentanyl.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report in December calling fentanyl the "deadliest drug in America", surpassing drugs like cocaine and heroin.

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. "That is changing, unfortunately, and now we've had this mass casualty incident".

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