Four teenage inmates and three guards at an Ohio detention center were hospitalized late Sunday after fentanyl spread through air vents, officials said.
The health alert at Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Center in Stryker was sounded after some of the young inmates collapsed, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office told WTOL.
After a search, response teams found that fentanyl had been released in the ventilation system, Deputy Jeff Lehman told the station, saying it was still investigating how it got there.
The four youths and three staff members were all taken to a local hospital in stable condition, the deputy told WTVG.
The other youths have been taken to the adult detention center, where they will remain separated from adult inmates while the health crisis is fully investigated, officials said.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid typically 50 times more potent than heroin and is the leading drug in overdose deaths, and inhaling the substance can be fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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