connectVideoChico police hold press conference after a mass of fentanyl overdose
A “mass overdose” in a California home Saturday morning left one person dead and another 12 in the hospital after police say the victims have taken fentanyl, a powerful opioid.
Chico police chief Michael O’brien said at a press conference that the police received a 911 call from someone in the place of residence of a house in the 1100 block of Santana Court about 9 hours
“Upon arrival, Chico police found several people in what appeared to be a life-threatening overdose conditions.”
O’brien said that the officers performed CPR and administered six doses of naloxone, which can reverse the effects of overdose and is delivered in half-doses. Chico police are equipped with naloxone since 2018.
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A male adult has died and 12 other people were taken to an area hospital for treatment. O’brien said the ages of the victims range from 19 to at least 30.
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Eight of the victims were admitted, and of those eight, four were listed as being in critical condition. O’brien emphasized that there is “potential for additional deaths.”
He said that although it is still too early in the investigation to be sure, the probable cause of the death and injuries of the consumption of the powerful drug.
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“Every indication is that this mass overdose incident was caused by the intake of a number of forms of fentanyl, in combination with another substance, but which is not yet confirmed.”
Two responding officers were also treated at the hospital after complaining of feeling “some effects” but they were released and reported to be in “good condition”. Further details about how they might have affected were not immediately available.
Police is not clear how or why the victims could have consumed the substance.
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The house is currently treated as a “hazmat site,” but O’brien says that it is ” no danger to the public.”
A relationship between the victims has not yet been established, but the police says that they all knew each other to some extent.