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'Mass Fentanyl Overdoses' Reported In California

14 January 2019, 06:59 | Darnell Patrick

1 Dead, 14 Hospitalized After Mass Overdose At Chico Home

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

Police say a "mass overdose" of the synthetic opioid fentanyl at a house in Chico, California, has left one man dead and 12 more hospitalized.

A dozen people were taken out of the house Saturday morning and brought to hospitals, the Enterprise-Record reported.

"Certainly there is potential for additional fatalities", O'Brien said.

Four of those taken to the hospital are in critical condition, according to authorities.

Police did not provide many details of the person who died, but said he was an adult male who died on the scene.

"Upon arrival, Chico police officers found multiple individuals in what appeared to be life-threatening overdose conditions", he told Fox News.

Police say they suspect the mass overdose was caused by ingestion of the opiate fentanyl in combination with another substance.

The two police officers were treated and released, officials say they are in good health. Responding officers performed CPR at the scene and provided six victims with doses of naloxone, medicine that can treat narcotic overdoses in emergency situations.

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Officers have obtained a search warrant of the house, which is now being treated as a "hazmat site". The drug has been blamed for a wave of overdose deaths across the nation.

The victims, O'Brien said, "generally" all "knew each other", according to the Bee.

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

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.

O'Brien said a narcotics task force is investigating the origin of the fentanyl, which may have been mixed with other substances.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report in December calling fentanyl the "deadliest drug in America", surpassing drugs like cocaine and heroin.



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