Ohio Correctional Institution Guards, Inmates Treated for ‘Possible Substance Exposure’

Nearly 30 people showed symptoms of exposure last week

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, officers investigated a substance exposure that affected some 30 inmates, guards, and nurses at a state correctional institution last week.

The Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, OH, reported an inmate showing signs of an overdose last week around 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The individual was given Narcan, the emergency medication that’s gained attention for its ability to treat overdoses, and transported to a local hospital.

Emergency crews also treated those who were identified for possible exposure to the substance. Troopers told local media it was not immediately clear what the substance was, but it may have been fentanyl, WCMH-TV reported.

“Samples of the substance have been collected so it can be tested and identified,” officials said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the prison was secure and there was no danger to the public.

While the cell block was decontaminated, the 31 inmates housed there were moved temporarily to another area of the facility.

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