Mass Overdose in California Kills 1, Injures 12

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

"I want to emphasize that".

The overdose was reported to authorities around at 9:12 a.m. Saturday morning, January 12, CNN affiliate KHSL-TV reported.

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.

A "mass overdose" in a California home Saturday morning left one person dead and another 12 hospitalized after police say the victims may have ingested fentanyl, a powerful opioid. "It certainly would have been far worse without the response and dispensing of naloxone by Chico police officers", O'Brien said.

At 9.52 p.m. on Saturday evening, four people were reportedly in critical condition, two in serious condition and three others in fair condition.

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

Two police officers who responded became ill and were treated and released from a hospital, O'Brien said.

The home is now being treated as a "hazmat site", but O'Brien said it is "not a danger to the public".


"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.

"These substances are extraordinarily risky, and it takes a very minute amount to cause lifesaving conditions", O'Brien said.

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

Two responding officers were also treated at the hospital after complaining of feeling "some effects" but they were released and are said to be in "good condition".

The home has been deemed a hazardous materials site, and the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force were deployed to the scene, according to officials.

Over the past few years, Fentanyl has increasingly been responsible for overdose deaths across the United States.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine.

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

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