1 dead, 14 treated following mass overdose at Chico home

1 dead, 14 treated following mass overdose at Chico home

First responders administered naloxone and performed CPR for multiple individuals on site, a task which took nearly every ambulance in the city of Chico. O'Brien emphasized that there is "potential for additional fatalities".

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

Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien said the main substance involved is believed to be fentanyl - the most commonly used drug in overdoses, according to a recent government report.

"It was a large mass casualty incident for us", Chico Fire Department Chief Steve Standridge told the Mercury News.

The overdose was reported to authorities around at 9:12 a.m. Saturday morning, January 12, CNN affiliate KHSL-TV reported. He described seeing six people undergoing CPR at the same time.

Chico officers began carrying the antidote only previous year.

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. Both officers were treated and released.

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While the substance that caused the overdose has not been tested, O'Brien said, "We have every indication that this mass overdose incident was caused from the ingestion of some form of fentanyl in combination with some other substance". O' Brien said the ages of the victims range from 19 to at least 30.

Officers have obtained a search warrant of the house, which is now being treated as a "hazmat site".

Of the twelve individuals in the home, four remain in critical condition, and eight were treated and remain at the hospital. O'Brien said a narcotics task force was trying to determine the source of the drugs.

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.

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. "That is changing unfortunately. and now we've have this MCI (mass casualty incident)...that concerns us all".

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-to-100 times stronger than morphine, according to the US
Drug Enforcement Administration.

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