Ross Correctional Institution

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In recent weeks, prisons in both Ohio and Pennsylvania have experienced a rash of illnesses caused by drug exposure. At the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, a fentanyl-heroin mixture was identified as sickening two dozen prison guards, nurses, and an inmate. In Pennsylvania, the statewide prison system remains locked down following illness from a synthetic drug.    

Also known as K2 or Spice, these potent substances are created in a lab.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, August 31:

  • ICE raid detainees indicted;
  • Ohio State trustee resigns amid Urban Meyer decision;
  • Officials confirm fentanyl exposure sicked dozens at Ohio prison;
  • Shapiro announces apartments for homeless female veterans;
  • State to begin mailing absentee ballots;
  • New body armor arrives for state agents after grievance;
  • Barberton teen pleads guilty in mansion arson;

13 ICE raid detainees indicted

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, August 30:

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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.