2 States, Over 50 Hospitalized Over Suspected Cannabinoids


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At the Ross Correctional Institute, a prison in Chillicothe, Ohio, 29 people were reported for a possible drug exposure. The Ohio State Highway Patrol later confirmed that the drug was a mixture of fentanyl and heroin. Around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 23 correction officers, four nurses and two inmates were sickened by the substance. 28 of the victims were hospitalized and one was treated and released at the scene. They were all treated with Noloxone which is a drug that helps combat overdoses caused by opioids. Thankfully no fatalities were reported. It is unclear what caused this exposure. 
Once is bad enough then something like this happened in Pennsylvania as well. Wednesday near Albion, the prison there had to rush five of its employees to the hospital. Overall during the month of August there has been 29 that has been hospitalized. The incidents have happened in 10 prisons forcing the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to lock down its prison system statewide. The latest incident near Albion is the 17th case this month. 
The affected employees reported feeling sick after doing their normal routines like escorting prisoners and cell checks. They have reported symptoms like dizziness, being Lethargic, scratchy throat, and headaches. Most of the drugs come through the mailroom and those employees could be exposed to a whole lot of things. This is due to the fact that they have to open letters and packages looking for contraband. So far only one result has come back from the Labs and that was on an August 13 case, and it was tested positive for cannabinoids. 
Earlier this month, well over 100 people got sick in a 4 day period in New Haven, CT.. The police caught 3 people passing out K-2, near the University there. Cannabinoids like fentanyl is 50 times stronger than normal Cannabis. All these incidents I mentioned, like I said, was just one month, it only gets worse from here.  


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