A Dozen Hospitalized, One Dead After Mass Fentanyl Overdose in California

Californians are not just spending their days shooting each other to death, they are also killing each other with killer fentanyl, apparently.

A “mass overdose” was reported at a home in Chico, California, this weekend. A dozen people were sent to the hospital and another. died.

Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien noted that someone in the home called 911 when everyone began getting sick.

“Upon arrival, Chico police officers found multiple individuals in what appeared to be life-threatening overdose conditions,” Chief O’Brien said.

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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. Chico police have been equipped with naloxone since 2018.

One of the people in the house, a man who has not yet been identified, died at the scene. Ages of the victims range from 19 to 30, police said.

“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,” Chief O’Brien reported.

The fentanyl was so potent that two police officers were overtaken from the effects of the drugs in the home just by handling the victims. They were later treated and released.

The home has now been declared a hazmat site, though it is only a danger to anyone entering the place, not a danger to the neighborhood.

According to a site that tracks crime statistics, Chico, California has a crime rate 47 percent higher than the state average, and 58 percent higher than the national average.

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