The “fentanylization” of opiate addiction will lead to many more deaths. We need a very easy way to detect overdose potential in street drugs…
A mass drug overdose at a home in Chico, California, has killed one person and sent more than a dozen people to hospitals, police said.
Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien said the main substance involved is believed to be fentanyl — the most commonly used drug in overdoses, according to a recent government report.
Chico Fire Department Division Chief Jesse Alexander told the station it was the largest mass casualty incident he had seen in years. He described seeing six people undergoing CPR at the same time.
The police chief said officers administered CPR and six doses of Naloxone — a treatment for opioid overdoses used as a nasal spray or an injection. It blocks or reverses the effects of opioids and is often carried by first responders.
O’Brien said investigators believe the overdoses were caused by ingestion of some form of fentanyl and another substance that has not yet been identified. One man was pronounced dead at the scene, and 12 adults were hospitalized.