Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Mass Overdose in California Kills 1, Injures 12

Mass Overdose in California Kills 1, Injures 12

According to local reports, an unnamed man died while another 12 were rushed to hospital, with four of them in a critical condition.

O'Brien says, "It's not a danger to the public at this time, but i do want to emphasize that but certainly in the processing of that scene we need to do that very carefully, because it definitely is a hazmat site at this point". A total of 12 people were taken to the hospital.

While the substance that caused the overdose has not been tested, O'Brien said, "We have every indication that this mass overdose incident was caused from the ingestion of some form of fentanyl in combination with some other substance". Authorities suspect the overdoses were caused by ingestion of the unsafe drug and a separate substance that is yet to be determined.

The drug is so potent that two officers who responded to the home started to feel its effects and were transported to a hospital for examination, then released.

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.

Both were treated and released later in the day.

Jesse Alexander Chico Fire Department's Division Chief says, "We had a mass casualty event also known as an mci". It has not been confirmed, but police say signs point to poisoning from fentanyl, an opioid often mixed with heroin or cocaine.

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

Fentanyl, which is 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin, addiction specialist Dr. Nicholas Kardaras told ABC News last month, was mentioned in approximately 4,223 overdose deaths in 2014, 8,251 overdose deaths in 2015 and 18,335 overdose deaths in 2016.

"'That is changing unfortunately, and now we've had this mass casualty incident... likely to have been cause by fentanyl". A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control in December showed fentanyl was the leading cause of overdose deaths in the USA for 2016, the most recent year numbers have been released.

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