A mass drug overdose at a home in Chico, California, has killed one individual and sent greater than a dozen individuals to hospitals, police stated.
Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien stated the primary substance involved is believed to be fentanyl — probably the most commonly used drug in overdoses, based on a current authorities report.
The overdose was reported to authorities around at 9:12 a.m. Saturday morning, CNN affiliate KHSL-TV reported.
Chico Hearth Division Division Chief Jesse Alexander advised the station it was the most important mass casualty incident he had seen in years. He described seeing six individuals present process CPR on the similar time.
The police chief stated officers administered CPR and six doses of Naloxone — a remedy for opioid overdoses used as a nasal spray or an injection. It blocks or reverses the consequences of opioids and is usually carried by first responders.
O’Brien stated investigators consider the overdoses have been brought on by ingestion of some type of fentanyl and one other substance that has not yet been identified. One man was pronounced lifeless on the scene, and 12 adults have been hospitalized.
Two officers who responded to the scene additionally went to a hospital after they stated they felt the consequences of a drug just like fentanyl, KHSL-TV reported. Each officers have been handled and released.
The house is being handled as a hazardous materials website, and the investigation is ongoing, O’Brien stated.
The police chief stated the state of affairs would have been worse if native first responders didn’t have Naloxone, which they started carrying final yr.
He stated this is not the primary time the remedy has saved lives in Chico.