Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Dead And 12 Hospitalized After Mass Drug Overdose In California

Dead And 12 Hospitalized After Mass Drug 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.

At 9.52 p.m. on Saturday evening, four people were reportedly in critical condition, two in serious condition and three others in fair condition.

O'Brien said all the victims, who are between the ages of 19 and 30, seem to know each other. One person died and 12 others were hospitalized.

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

"Every indication is that this mass overdose incident was caused from the ingestion of some form of fentanyl in combination with another substance".

Mike O'Brien, a police captain in Chico, California, said: "Certainly there's potential for additional fatalities".

Police say the victims likely overdosed on Fentanyl.

The two officers were transported to Oroville Medical Center for treatment to exposure after they reportedly felt fentanyl effects, but both have now been released, reported Action News Now. 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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"We had four fire engines; all of the Butte EMS were on scene as well".

Chico Fire Department Division Chief Jesse Alexander told the station it was the largest mass casualty incident he had seen in years.

The drugs are "extraordinarily unsafe", O'Brien noted, saying that even small amounts can be life-threatening, according to the Bee. Chico police have been equipped with naloxone since 2018.

The home is being treated as a hazardous materials site, and the investigation is ongoing, O'Brien said.

O'Brien added that while not much fentanyl has been found in Chico in the past, emergency responders in the city have been "waiting" for the drug to arrive in the city. "That is changing unfortunately. and now we've have this MCI (mass casualty incident)...that concerns us all".

The opioid epidemic has spread across the country in recent years.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain reliever, is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

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