1 dead, 12 hospitalized in mass fentanyl overdose in California

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KPIX Authorities in Chico, California, said drug overdoses at this home are believed to have killed one person and hospitalized 12 others. Above, syringes of the opiate fentanyl appear at an inpatient pharmacy.

- An update to a shocking story out of Northern California, were more than a dozen people where found near death from apparent drug overdoses inside a Chico home.

As of about 10 pm last night, nine people were still in the hospital, four in critical condition, two in serious condition, and three in fair condition. Both officers were treated and released. Responding officers gave patients six doses of the opioid antidote naloxone while also administering CPR, he said. When they arrived they found one man dead and had to transport 12 people to the hospital.

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"Every indication is that this mass overdose incident was caused from the ingestion of some form of fentanyl in combination with another substance, although that is yet to be confirmed".

"We were waiting and have been waiting, unfortunately, for this to happen in the sense that we knew fentanyl had been moving west and in other parts of the country they're really seeing the greatest impact of this drug", O'Brien said.

One male adult died, and 12 other people were taken to an area hospital for treatment. "It was a large mass casualty incident for us", Chico Fire Department Chief Steve Standridge told the Mercury News. Chico police have been equipped with naloxone since 2018.

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"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.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-to-100 times stronger than morphine, according to the US
Drug Enforcement Administration.

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

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report in December calling fentanyl the "deadliest drug in America", surpassing drugs like cocaine and heroin.