A mass overdose in a California home on Saturday morning left one person dead and a further 12 were taken to hospital after the police claimed that the victims had taken fentanyl, a potent opioid.
Chico's police chief, Michael O'Brien, said in a press conference that the police received a 911 call from someone in a dwelling-house apartment in the 1100 block of the Santana Court around 9:00 am.
"Upon their arrival, police officers from Chico found several people in a seemingly life-threatening overdose situation."
O'Brien said that officers performed CPR and administered six doses of naloxone, which can override the effects of an overdose and is done in half doses. The police of Chico has been equipped with naloxone since 201
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A male adult was transferred to a hospital for treatment. O'Brien said the age of the victims ranged from 19 to at least 30 years.
Eight of the victims were admitted, and of these eight, four were listed as being in critical condition. O & O Brien emphasized that there were "potentially more deaths".
He said it was still too early to be sure, but the probable cause of death and injury was due to the use of the potent drug.  DOCTORS BETWEEN FIGHTING OPIOID PATIENTS AND CRACKDOWN ACCORDING TO PRESCRIPTIONS
"Any indication is that this mass overdose incident was caused by taking one form of fentanyl in combination with another substance.
Two of the police were also hospitalized after complaining that they had "some effects". However, they were released and should be in "good condition". More details on how they might be affected were not immediately available.
It is not clear to the police how and why the victims could have consumed the substance.
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O & # 39; Brien was treated as an "endangered spot", but O'Brien said it was "no Danger to the public ".
A relationship between the victims had not been established, although the police all know each other to some extent