'Mass Fentanyl Overdoses' Reported In California

14 January, 2019, 02:17 | Author: Wade Massey
  • 1 dead, 4 in critical condition at mass overdose in California house

Emergency responders rushed to a home in Chico, Calif. after receiving a 911 call about a mass overdose at around 9 a.m., Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien said at a press conference last night.

Chico Fire Department Chief, Steven Standridge, said the pair were "potentially exposed" to fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid that is frequently mixed with heroin.

Officers administered CPR and six doses of Naloxone, an opioid-reversal drug, when they arrived on the scene. Police officers in Chico County carry Naloxone, a medicine used to reverse overdoses, which they gave to the surviving victims.

"Every indication-talking to medical staff, talking to doctors-everything is consistent with a fentanyl or similar-type overdose", O'Brien told the Sacramento Bee.

One person is dead and 12 others hospitalized after suspected fentanyl overdoses in California that sickened two responding police officers, authorities said. They were also treated at the hospital, the chief said, adding they were released and are in good condition.

For now the home is being treated as a hazmat zone, but police say there is no immediate risk to neighbors.

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

First responders administered naloxone and performed CPR for multiple individuals on site, a task which took nearly every ambulance in the city of Chico.

He says he is concerned that fentanyl may become a problem in Chico.

'We were waiting, and have been waiting unfortunately, for this to happen in the sense that we knew fentanyl had been moving west, ' O'Brien said. "That is changing unfortunately. and now we've have this MCI (mass casualty incident)...that concerns us all".

"In China, you have some pretty big companies sending that garbage and killing our people", Trump added.

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. The drug can be between 80 and 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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