The hospitalized people were from Jacquelyn House, a residential facility that serves intellectually and developmentally disabled people.
EMS and fire crews “found … multiple unresponsive people,” Bartlesville Police Chief Tracy Roles said during a news conference after responding Wednesday afternoon.
“All these people are symptomatic, lying on the ground, needing help, but can’t communicate what they need,” Roles said. “That’s why I give a lot of praise to the fire and EMS staff for doing an outstanding job of identifying the problem.”
“I’ve never seen where there’s been some sort of medical misadventure to this magnitude,” he said. “But again, it could have been a lot worse. Not to downplay where we are, but thinking about where we could be, it could certainly have been very, very tragic.”
Police Sgt. Jim Warring said the pharmacist who administered the shots was not employed by the group home. He added that an investigation was underway and would determine if charged would be filed.
Several of the patients remained hospitalized Thursday due to the long-lasting insulin administered.