Mass Fentanyl Overdose in California Kills One, Sends 12 to Hospital

Lester Mason
January 14, 2019

Of the 12 overdose victims, four remained in critical condition hours after authorities responded to a 911 call around 9 a.m.

Chico Fire Department Division Chief Jesse Alexander told the station it was the largest mass casualty incident he had seen in years.

O'Brien said that officers performed CPR and administered six doses of naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an overdose and comes in half-doses.

According to The Bee, O'Brien says Chico officers began carrying naloxone in 2018 but, until recently, it has been used to reverse heroin overdoses.

"Every indication is that this mass overdose incident was caused from the ingestion of some form of fentanyl in combination with another substance".

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

Two police officers who had been exposed to the fentanyl were also treated at the hospital and released in "good condition", O'Brien said.

They were treated for exposure to fentanyl or a fentanyl-like substance while they were helping the victims.

"The residence where this incident occurred is being treated as a hazmat site", he said.

The police chief said the situation would have been worse if local first responders didn't have Naloxone, which they started carrying past year.

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

He says he is concerned that fentanyl may become a problem in Chico. "That will be confirmed in the coming days with some more sophisticated testing". "That is changing unfortunately. and now we've have this MCI (mass casualty incident)...that concerns us all".

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.

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.

Fentanyl was originally developed as a painkiller and anesthetic, but it's 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin.

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