A person died Saturday and 12 individuals have been hospitalized in what authorities in Northern California described as a mass casualty overdose on the highly effective narcotic fentanyl.
4 of the victims have been in vital situation, stated Mike O’Brien, a police captain in Chico, California.
“Definitely there’s potential for added fatalities,” he stated at a information convention. “I wish to emphasize that.”
Two law enforcement officials who responded turned sick and have been handled and launched from a hospital, O’Brien stated.
Chico Fireplace Division Chief Steven Standridge stated the officers have been “probably uncovered” to the drug, an artificial opioidoften imported on the black market from China and Mexico for use as a filler in heroin and different avenue narcotics.
“It was a big, mass casualty incident for us,” the fireplace chief stated in a information convention Saturday night time.
O’Brien stated an individual affiliated with the home the place the overdoses occurred referred to as 911 about 9 a.m. Saturday to report the incident. Responding officers gave sufferers six doses of the opioid antidote naloxone whereas additionally administering CPR, he stated.
Chico officers started carrying the antidote solely final 12 months. “It actually would have been far worse with out the response and shelling out of naloxone by Chico law enforcement officials,” O’Brien stated.
It isn’t clear what drug the fentanyl may need been paired with, he stated, however his officers have solely come throughout it when it was mixed with heroin.
“Each indication is that that this mass overdose incident was prompted from the ingestion of some type of fentanyl together with one other substance, though that’s but to be confirmed,” O’Brien stated.
It appeared the victims, believed to be ages 19 to 30, all knew one another, the police chief stated.
“The residence the place this incident occurred is being handled as a hazmat website,” he stated.
The circumstances of the non-critical victims weren’t launched, and the one that died was not recognized. O’Brien stated a narcotics job drive was attempting to find out the supply of the medicine.
Fentanyl is “50 to 100 occasions stronger than morphine,” based on the Facilities for Illness Management. The drug has been blamed for a wave of overdose deaths throughout the nation.