The Chico Police Department suspect the mass overdose was caused by fentanyl used in combination with another substance, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and Nebraska.
- California: Twelve people were hospitalized and one died after a mass drug overdose in Chico Saturday. Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien when officers arrived on the scene they found "multiple individuals in ... life-threatening, overdose conditions," and the officers administered CPR and naloxone. O'Brien said, "Every indication is that this mass overdose incident was caused from the ingestion of some form of fentanyl in combination with another substance." He added that the conclusion has "yet to be confirmed" but that police expect confirmation in the next few days (Van Sant, NPR, 1/13; Fitzgerald, Chico Enterprise, 1/12).
- District of Columbia: The Supreme Court on Friday announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is free of cancer and does not need additional treatment after undergoing a pulmonary lobectomy in December. Kathleen Arberg, spokesperson for the court, said Ginsburg will work remotely this week and will continue to participate in the "decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments" (Barnes, Washington Post, 1/11).
- Nebraska: A physician who'd been at risk for potential Ebola exposure while working in the Democratic Republic of Congo was released from Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday. The physician was released after undergoing a 21-day monitoring period, during which time the physician did not develop any Ebola symptoms (Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, 1/12).
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