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Jail guards, nurses and inmates taken to hospital after substance exposure

• Updated Aug 30, 2018 at 6:57 AM

(UPDATED at 6:55 a.m. Thurssday, Aug. 30, 2018)

CHILLICOTHE — A mixture of heroin and fentanyl has been identified by the Ohio State Highway Patrol as the substance that caused an apparent overdose of one inmate and required medical attention for 27 staff members at the Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) in Chillicothe on Wednesday morning.

About 31 inmates who were not affected were removed from the cellblock and relocated inside the facility.

A sample of the substance was collected from RCI and relayed to the Ohio State Highway Patrol crime lab for testing.

A total of 29 individuals were possibly exposed to the mixture. Of those, 28 (23 correction officers, four nurses and one inmate) were transported to the hospital, with 24 requiring treatment. One inmate was treated on scene and was not transported.

One staff member/first responder and one inmate remained hospitalized as of Wednesday night. All other employees have been discharged.

The situation remains under investigation by the Patrol.

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(UPDATED at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018)

CHILLICOTHE — The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate a substance exposure at the Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) in Chillicothe. The facility is secure with no safety threat to the public.

At 9:10 a.m. today, RCI reported an inmate with possible signs of a drug overdose. He was administered Narcan and transported to the hospital. Troopers and local emergency medical services were called and responded to the prison.

A total of 29 individuals were identified as potentially being exposed to the unidentified substance. Twenty-three correction officers, four nurses and one inmate were treated on scene and later transported to the hospital for evaluation. One inmate was treated on scene and was not transported.

All RCI staff are stable and some have already been discharged from the hospital.

About 31 inmates who were not affected were removed from the cellblock and placed in other secure areas of the facility.

A hazardous material unit is on scene and will be cleaning the affected areas of the institution. Samples of the substance have been collected so it can be tested and identified. As a precautionary measure, additional doses of Narcan have been supplied to the hospital.

The situation is stabilized with no additional reports of exposure. The situation remains under investigation at this time.

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(ORIGINAL post) The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a substance exposure at the Ross Correction Institution.

The facility, which is run by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, is secure with no safety threat to the public, troopers said.

At 9:10 a.m. today, 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 All officers, nurses and inmates are responsive and have been transported to Adena Regional Medical Center for treatment, troopers said. 

There were no fatalities.

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 said.

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