By TREVOR FAY, KRCR
CHICO, Calif. (CIRCA via KRCR) — One person was killed Saturday and another four were left in critical condition as part of a massive overdose, believed to be caused by the powerful opioid fentanyl being combined with another substance.
Eleven people were initially brought to Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Two were allowed to go home before being admitted, and two were discharged Sunday after recovering. As of Sunday afternoon, seven people remained in the hospital, all in good condition.
Three were also brought to Oroville Hospital but only one of those three was admitted. That person has since been released.
All of the victims were over 18, with the oldest being 34-year-old Aris Turner, the man who died.
The Chico Police Department suspects the overdoses were caused by fentanyl combined with something else. Two responding police officers felt the effects of the drug from being in the home. They were hospitalized and later released.
According to Chico Fire, a mass casualty incident was declared to prepare Enloe hospital for a large number of patients, and every Chico ambulance responded to the house. Six doses of Naloxone, a drug which can reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose, were administered at the house.
Chico police said officers only began carrying Naloxone in 2018.
Some neighbors said they had been suspicious of activity at the house for years.
Fentanyl overdoses are a growing problem. It is now the deadliest drug in the United States. Also, overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids including fentanyl increased almost 47 percent from 2016 to 2016.