Inmates OD after fentanyl smuggled into Josephine County Jail
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is trying to determine how someone was able to smuggle fentanyl into the jail after four inmates were found to be under the influence of the synthetic opiate Wednesday afternoon
The inmates as well as two deputies exposed to the fentanyl were hospitalized. All six have since been released from care at Three Rivers Medical Center, the Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release issued Thursday morning.
Two of the inmates were discovered unconscious after having overdosed. Jail medical staff and sheriff’s deputies performed lifesaving measures in order to revive the inmates, including administering “several doses of Narcan,” according to the sheriff’s office.
“Due to the swift action of sheriff’s deputies and medical staff both individuals regained consciousness within minutes and were transported to Three Rivers Medical Center,” the release noted.
Two other inmates were found to have been under the influence of fentanyl. They were also given Narcan and transported to the medical center.
The two deputies exposed to the powerful drug were taken to the medical center for evaluation.
The preliminary investigation points to someone recently being held in the jail having smuggled the drugs by “hiding them in his person,” then later sharing them with other inmates.