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Victim Speaks Out About Chico Mass-Overdose Incident

A victim of the mass-overdose in Chico shared the story of his near-death experience with Action News Now in an exclusive interview.

Posted: Jan 15, 2019 5:25 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A victim of the mass-overdose in Chico shared the story about his near-death experience with Action News Now in an exclusive interview.

The man did not want to be identified on camera, but he told Action News Now that he was at a party with friends and thought he was snorting cocaine. 

He started to feel sleepy and eventually passed out. He says that first responders saved his life. 

"They said that when they got there I wasn't breathing," he said. "I was one of the people they had to give CPR to and I'm really lucky my ribs aren't broken. They said if they weren't there in the next 15 minutes I would have been dead. 

More than a dozen people at the party were rushed to the hospital and one man died. 

Family members of other victims in the incident also spoke to Action News Now about the ordeal. 

Imogen Harlan is the mother of another overdose victim, who was released from the hospital on Sunday. 

"I think that it shook him up," Harlan said. "These are kids and they think that they're 9-feet tall and they're bulletproof and they're not. They're just not." 

As of Tuesday, one person remains in the hospital due to the mass-overdose incident. 

Chico police are investigating what kind of drug or combination of drugs caused the mass-overdose. 

Stay with Action News Now for the latest updates as they become available. 

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