OHIO – Officials are investigating what is being called a “substance exposure” that has affected guards, inmates and nurses at a state correctional institution on Wednesday, The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced.
According to multiple reports, at least 24 correctional officers, nurses and inmates were exposed to the substance, believed to be fentanyl at the Ross Correctional Institution.
Multiple emergency crews arrived at the scene and treated everyone that were exposed to the substance.
Police said “several doses of Narcan were administered to the victims, and an additional 300 Narcan doses are available at the facility.”
The Ohio State Highway Patrol released this statement:
Patrol investigates substance exposure at RCI
CHILLICOTHE – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a substance exposure at the Ross
Correction Institution, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The facility is secure with no safety threat
to the public.
Today at approximately 9:10 a.m., troopers and EMS responded to Ross Correctional Institution with reports of
correctional officers and inmates with possible substance exposure.
Preliminary reports indicate a total of 24
individuals including correctional officers, nurses and inmates have been exposed, no fatalities. All officers,
nurses and inmates are responsive and have been transported to Adena Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Several doses of Narcan were administered to victims, and an additional 300 Narcan doses are available at the
facility. The contaminated cell block has been cleared, and all persons from the contaminated area have been
temporarily relocated within the facility.
A hazardous material decontamination team is en route for cleanup.
This incident remains under investigation.
Troopers told local media it was not immediately clear what the substance was, but it may have been fentanyl, WCMH-TV reported.
The Ohio State Patrol said the prison was secure and there was no danger to the public.
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FOX News reports that the Union-Scioto schools, which are near the correctional institution, were placed on a cautionary lockdown.
Fentanyl is a drug 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It’s unclear where the fentanyl came from.
An investigation is underway.
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