I wish I had a dollar for every inmate death caused by prison and/or prison “health care” personnel, and for every item of contraband smuggled into prisons by prison staff! READ the articles on this website on all these topics!
Here we see another mother’s son needlessly DEAD. It seems unlikely that all who fell ill were addicts; perhaps an inmate put the substance into the vent system.
How is our asinine war on drugs going so far?!
Excerpts from the Article:
The investigation continues into exactly how the fentanyl-laced heroin that sickened more than 20 at Ross Correctional Institution on Wednesday made its way inside. However, a 2016 report shows RCI has long had an issue with drugs inside its fences.
Ross Correctional led the state for the Fiscal Year 2015 in positive random drug tests when 10.7 percent tested positive which was up from 2.3 percent the previous year, according to the most recent prison inspection report. About half of the positive tests were for marijuana and the other half for Suboxone which is used in the treatment of opiate addiction.
While the report noted RCI was working to improve efforts to keep drugs out, on Wednesday a crack in the system led to activation of the county’s disaster response plan and tall tales of what was happening spread quickly across social media.
“I do not know where exactly in the cell the substance was found,” Sellers said. “The corrections officers were responding to the inmate in distress when they were exposed.”
The impact at RCI continued on Thursday where they were operating under “modified movement and operating procedures,” said spokeswoman JoEllen Smith. Officials are planning additional training for staff, and the Office of Correctional Healthcare was working on Thursday with health and safety staff to get additional safety materials to prisons across the state, including protective equipment.
It’s unclear if additional doses of the overdose reversal drug naloxone are among those items. A pair of 911 calls released by the Ross County Sheriff’s Office indicated there was concern RCI was going to run out of the drug.
“We just called Portsmouth Ambulance for an inmate that was unresponsive, and the staff that were around the inmate passed out. We don’t know what they were exposed to, but something is going on down there … Whatever the inmate was affected by, it’s got the staff as well,” he said.
“As much as I can get,” he said. “We got numerous staff now, I know four for sure, that’s falling out. They’re evacuating the block, but it takes time.”
Ultimately, 29 people were potentially exposed to the heroin-fentanyl mixture including 23 correction officers, four nurses, and one inmate, according to the patrol. Of those, 24 were treated at Adena Medical Center. One inmate also was treated at RCI but not taken to Adena.
The inmate taken to Adena was admitted and later brought in stable condition to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center per standard procedure due to an agreement between the department of corrections and Wexner, according to Adena spokesman Jason Gilham.
A prison union representative said on Thursday morning, one female correction officer who was among the first to respond to the inmate’s cell also was kept overnight while the rest had been released. Gilham confirmed a second patient from RCI was admitted but was released sometime on Thursday.
The patrol continues to investigate while Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will conduct a “detailed after action review of the Ross exposure incident to identify improvement opportunities that will enhance staff and public safety,” Smith said.