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Deputies investigating possible connection between Chico, Gold Country Casino overdoses

KRCR

Three people are in stable condition after showing signs of a drug overdose at Gold Country Casino Monday morning, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says they received a call at 11:28 a.m. regarding a possible drug overdose at Gold Country Casino.

Deputies responded, along with Cal Fire and Butte EMS, and found a woman, two men, and a 5-month-old baby.

The adults were showing signs of a drug overdose. Cal Fire and Butte EMS performed medical assistance, including administering Narcan.

The adults were transported by ambulance to a local hospital and are currently in stable condition.

Officials said the 5-month-old baby was also transported to be medically evaluated and is in stable condition. The Butte County Sheriff's Office is working with Child Protective Services to ensure the safety of the child moving forward.

Deputies said there is evidence of illegal drug use in this case, saying it was likely heroin.

Deputies added tests will need to be conducted to determine if there were other substances present in the drugs and they are also looking closely to determine whether or not fentanyl is involved.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is working with the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force in investigating the exact nature and origin of the drugs that were apparently ingested by the adults.

They are looking closely into this incident to determine if there is any connection between it and the recent incident in Chico involving the death of Aris Turner and the overdose affecting the other 14 people at the home.

"I am very concerned about this situation," said Honea. "This is a significant public safety and public health risk. We are concerned that the potency of the illegal drugs on the street right now is very high or the possibility of the drugs being laced with another substance, which is causing these overdoses."

Honea believes giving his deputies masks and gloves may be one way to protect them from being exposed to illicit drugs when responding to a scene.





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