Mass opiate overdose suspected in Ohio prison
The Ohio Highway Patrol (OHP) was notified that people were sick and passing out at the prison at around 9 am, with officers and medics heading to the facility, Chillicothe Gazette reported.
Those affected were given a special medication, used to quickly reverse opioid overdoses, called ‘naloxone.’
At least 19 overdose victims were taken to the Adena Regional Medical Center. The hospital’s CEO, Jeff Graham, told reporters that "the majority will be treated and released.”
OHP spokesman Lt. Robert Sellers said that Ross Correctional Institution was secured, but added that one housing unit at the prison will be evacuated due to the incident.
LATEST: OSHP says 24 people - including guards & inmates - treated for possible overdose at Ross Correctional Institution, after exposure to unknown substance | INFO: https://t.co/0lnb2m6DWJpic.twitter.com/6t2hLCPsLQ— 10TV.com (@10TV) August 29, 2018
Despite Sellers saying that there was no danger to the public, several roads were blocked in the area and a school, located near the prison, went on a precautionary lockdown.
The spokesman said it was too early to speculate if the substance digested by those in the prison was fentanyl or any other potent opiate.
Road block on 104 leading to the Ross Co. Correctional Inst. is opening up... trying to get closer to the scene pic.twitter.com/GgiZz5PJ3o— Maria Durant (@mariawsyx6) August 29, 2018
Sellers didn’t disclose any details of the incident, but said that a hazardous materials team was involved in the clean-up operation that followed.
Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) is a state prison for men located in Chillicothe, Ohio. It was opened in 1987 and currently hosts more than 2,000 inmates.
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