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Ohio correctional institution guards, nurses and inmates to be treated for ‘possible dust exposure’: police

At least 24 security guards, nurses and inmates were exposed to an “unknown substance” at the Ross Correctional Institution in Ohio on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

(AP)

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said they were investigating a “dust exposure” that has affected the guards, prisoners and nurses in a correctional institution on Wednesday.

At least 24 correctional officials, nurses and the detainees were exposed to the dust at the Ross Correctional Institution, officials said.

Emergency responders arrived on the scene and treated those who were exposed to the substance. The police said that “several doses of Narcan were administered to the victims, and an additional 300 Narcan doses are available at the facility.”

Patrol investigates substance exposure at RCI – More info on https://t.co/xbdL3rMygn pic.twitter.com/PCk2UG00Im

— Ohio State Patrol (@OSHP) August 29, 2018

All persons involved were responsive and transported to the Adena Regional Medical Center, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a statement.

Troopers told local media it was not immediately clear what the substance was, but it could be fentanyl, WCMH-TV reported.

The Ohio State Patrol said the prison was safe and there was no danger to the public.

Wait to hear number of patients and victims in #RCI
The prison worker tells us that he is shocked by the huge response and sends his prayers to. pic.twitter.com/z7yws2Ca6J

— Lu Ann Stoia (@stoiawsyx6) August 29, 2018

“The infected cell block is turned off and all persons from the contaminated area is temporarily moved within the facility,” the Ohio State Patrol said in a statement.

She said hazardous material decontamination team was also travelling to the scene to perform a remediation.

The Union-Scioto schools, in the neighbourhood of the custodial institution were placed on a cautionary lockdown.

Fentanyl is a drug 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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