Dead, 14 Hospitalized After Mass Overdose At Chico Home


O'Brien says, "It's not a danger to the public at this time, but i do want to emphasize that but certainly in the processing of that scene we need to do that very carefully, because it definitely is a hazmat site at this point".

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.

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.

A mass drug overdose at a home in Chico, California, has killed one person and sent more than a dozen people to hospitals, police said.

Cops were reportedly called to the Chico address at around 9am and treated the overdosing victims, who were all known to each other, with opioid treatment naloxone.

The victims - aged 19 to 30 - all became ill yesterday after taking the powerful drug fentanyl. "O'Brien said police performed CPR and administered six doses of naloxone, which is used to treat and reverse the effects of narcotic overdoses". The two police officers were treated and released, officials say they are in good health.

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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.

"These substances are extraordinarily unsafe, and it takes a very minute amount to cause lifesaving conditions", O'Brien said.

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

'Upon arrival, Chico police officers found multiple individuals in what appeared to be life-threatening overdose conditions, ' Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien said at a news conference. The drug is a synthetic opioid which is typically combined with heroin. "That is changing unfortunately. and now we've have this MCI (mass casualty incident)...that concerns us all".

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.