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1 dead, 4 in critical condition at mass overdose in California house

1 dead, 4 in critical condition at mass overdose in California house 1 Dead, 14 Hospitalized After Mass Overdose At Chico Home
Ellis Copeland | 14 January, 2019, 06:56

California authorities believe the powerful opioid fentanyl is responsible for a mass overdose event that left one person dead and hospitalized over a dozen others.

One person died, and 14 people were taken to the hospital.

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

The mass overdose appears to have been largely caused by the unsafe opioid fentanyl, Chico police Chief Mike O'Brien said at a news conference. Pacific time on Saturday at a home in Chico, said Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien. "It was a large mass casualty incident for us", Chico Fire Department Chief Steve Standridge told the Mercury News. Responding officers performed CPR at the scene and provided six victims with doses of naloxone, medicine that can treat narcotic overdoses in emergency situations. Of the survivors, eight are still being treated in the hospital and four were in critical condition.

He said the cause of death for the male victim is likely a drug overdose, but he added that it is too early in the investigation.

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The drug is so potent that two officers who responded to the home started to feel its effects and were transported to a hospital for examination, then released. That home is now being treated as a haz mat site and no one is being allowed to enter without proper precautions.

According to The Bee, O'Brien says Chico officers began carrying naloxone in 2018 but, until recently, it has been used to reverse heroin overdoses.

"Remember, the amount of carfentanil - these substances are extremely risky - and it takes just a very minute amount to cause life-saving conditions", O'Brien said.

More than 71,500 Americans have died of a drug overdose in 2017, according to data released the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "That is changing unfortunately. and now we've have this MCI (mass casualty incident)...that concerns us all".

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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