Nine University of California students in Santa Barbara were rushed to a hospital after an apparent overdose of prescription opioids at a party they attended on Friday.
The police said when sheriff’s deputies and paramedics responded to an emergency call at around 10 p.m. Thursday night, they found one male student unconscious in the back seat of a car.
Other students at the party told police that the victim consumed alcohol with an undetermined amount of the Oxycontin, a semisynthetic opioid which is used as a pain reliever.
The sheriff’s department reported that deputies on the scene found another young man who had stopped breathing and displayed symptoms of a drug overdose. The student was revived with a nasal spray dose of naloxone before rushing him also to the local hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Naloxone is a drug known to block the effects of opioids temporarily.
An additional seven students, who were reportedly have taken a blue pill, also exhibited signs of an overdose at the party venue. They were also taken to the hospital.
According to the sheriff’s department, eight of the hospitalized students have already been released from the hospital. The remaining student was expected to be discharged later on Friday. The university’s spokeswoman could not be reached immediately for comment.
In 2016, 19,410 people died from fentanyl overdose and other synthetic opioids, according to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say that it is very rare to see mass overdoses in one location.