Multiple Drug Exposures Leads To State-Wide Prison Lockdown

Comes after repeated instances of employees, mostly corrections officers, becoming ill.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 ) After reports of multiple Pennsylvania State Prison staff members being sickened by unknown substances over the past few weeks, PA Dept. of corrections secretary John Wetzel issued a lockdown of all 25 state prisons Wednesday.

“The safety and security of our employees is my number one concern,” Wetzel said in a statement. “Our state prisons, especially those in the western part of the state, have experienced recent incidents in which employees have been sickened and we need to get to the bottom of this issue now.”

In addition the release states that all mailrooms will be closed to non-legal mail, all employees must use protective equipment like glove, additional training will take place and no visitors will be accepted during the location.

In Ohio, a doctor says symptoms exhibited by patients treated Wednesday at the Ross Correctional Institution are consistent with exposure to fentanyl. More than 20 prison guards, four nurses and an inmate at the prison were treated with an anti-overdose drug and then taken to a hospital.

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