Dead, 14 Hospitalized After Mass Overdose At Chico Home

Dead, 14 Hospitalized After Mass Overdose At Chico Home

Above, syringes of the opiate fentanyl appear at an inpatient pharmacy.

A mass drug overdose at a home in Chico, California, has killed one person and sent more than a dozen people to hospitals, police said.

Eight of the victims were admitted, and of those eight, four were listed as being in critical condition. They were also treated at the hospital, the chief said, adding they were released and are in good condition.

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

Officers administered CPR and six doses of Naloxone, an opioid-reversal drug, when they arrived on the scene.

"Every indication - talking to medical staff, talking to doctors - everything is consistent with a fentanyl or fentanyl similar-type overdose".

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

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

Chico Fire Department Division Chief Jesse Alexander said he saw six people being treated with CPR at the same time and described the incident as the largest mass casualty he's witnessed of the same nature in years.

Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien got a 911 call from inside the home in the 1100 block of Santana Court, pictured above.

"Remember, the amount of carfentanil - these substances are extremely unsafe - and it takes just a very minute amount to cause life-saving conditions", O'Brien said.

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

O'Brien said a narcotics task force is investigating the origin of the fentanyl, which may have been mixed with other substances. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control in December showed fentanyl was the leading cause of overdose deaths in the US for 2016, the most recent year numbers have been released.

It's not clear what drug the fentanyl might have been paired with, he said, but his officers have only come across it when it was combined with heroin.

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