Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Mass drug overdose in California kills 1, leaves 12 more hospitalized

1 dead, 4 in critical condition at mass overdose in California house 1 Dead, 14 Hospitalized After Mass Overdose At Chico Home
Kenny Thornton | 14 January, 2019, 06:59

A person affiliated with the house where the overdoses occurred called 911 on Saturday morning at around 9:12 a.m local time. Above, syringes of the opiate fentanyl appear at an inpatient pharmacy.

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

As of about 10 pm last night, nine people were still in the hospital, four in critical condition, two in serious condition, and three in fair condition.

Both were treated and released later in the day.

"We knew Fentanyl had been moving West it really has been in other parts of the country where they're really seeing the greatest impacts of this particular drug", said Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien. "That is yet to be confirmed, but we do anticipate confirmation in the coming days", O'Brien said.

One male adult died, and 12 other people were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Chico Fire Chief Steven Standridge described it as "a mass casualty incident" that saw four fire engines and Butte County's entire fleet of eight ambulances at the scene.

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Two officers who responded to the scene also went to a hospital after they said they felt the effects of a drug similar to fentanyl, KHSL-TV reported.

According to The Bee, O'Brien says Chico officers began carrying naloxone (the only anti-dote to a fentanyl overdose) in 2018 but, until recently, it has been used to reverse heroin overdoses.

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

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", He said, "and now we've had this mass casualty incident ... likely to have been caused by fentanyl".

In November, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that fentanyl was behind the increase of drug overdose deaths between 2016 and 2017.

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