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Inmates and Staff Taken to Hospital for Possible Drug Exposure at Chillicothe Prison

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Several doses of the overdose-reversing drug Narcan were administered at the scene.

State authorities continue to investigate an apparent mass accidental drug overdose involving guards, nurses and inmates at a Chillicothe prison.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Robert Sellers said a total of 29 people were affected – 23 corrections officers, four nurses and two inmates. 

All who were exposed were treated on the scene and all but one inmate were transported to a hospital for evaluation. Sellers said all of the staff members are stable and some have been released from the hospital. There were no fatalities.

He said 31 inmates who were not affected were relocated to another part of the prison. 

Sellers said samples of the substance have been collected and are being tested so they can be identified. And as a precautionary measure, he said additional doses of the anti-opioid overdose drug, Narcan, have been supplied to the hospital.

He said the facility is secure and adds there is no safety threat to the public.